AFCON 2019 Qualifier : Ighalo fires hattrick as Nigeria sinks Libya


Nigeria Super Eagles revived their hopes of qualifying for the next Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon as they thrashed Mediterranean Knights 4-0 at the Goodwill Akpabio stadium in UYO on Saturday.

It was under pressure striker Odion Ighalo, who broke the deadlock early in the 2nd minute from the penalty spot.

The Libya team showed great cohesion in their play and threatened Nigeria on half hour mark but goalkeeper Francis Uzoho showed great prowess to deny the North Africans

Defender Shehu Abdullahi was replaced in the 26th minute by Ola Aina after he sustained an injury.

Changchun Yatai forward doubled Nigeria’s lead in the 58th minute before he completed his hattrick in the 69th minute after a clever footwork from Alex Iwobi.

Girondin Bordeaux winger Samuel Kalu completed the rout in the 90th after Henry Onyekuru rounded the goalkeeper and released a pass to him to fire from outside the box.

The 4-0 spanking now moves Nigeria to second spot in the group behind South Africa who earlier defeated Seychelles 6-0.

Libya will host Nigeria in Sfax on Tuesday for the second leg of the qualifier, a win in that game will further brighten the chances of the country returning to the AFCON competition after missing the last two editions.

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