Manchester City young star, KelechiIheanacho’s strike in the second half handed Coach Gernot Rohr a winning start in charge of the Super Eagles yesterday in Uyo.
The new look Super Eagles battle hard to see off stubborn Taifa Stars of Tanzania 1-0 in the last group game of the 2017 African Cup of Nations, AFCON qualifier played at the GodswillAkpabio International Stadium in Uyo, AkwaIbom State.
KelechiIheanacho’s lone strike was what the Super Eagles and the new coach Gernot Rohr needed to record a hard-fought winning start in charge of the Super Eagles in a dead rubber encounter.
In a surprise fashion, the visitors posted some troubling threats inside the Eagles half in the opening five minutes, but Rohr’s team reclaimed possession with OdionIghalo’s effort gone wide.
The Eagles kept their composure as well as dominance, and Victor Moses’ freek kick went inches wide, but Charles Mkwasa’s men were collectively bright to severally stop the Nigeria attacks.
The visitors had an appeal for penalty waved after keymanMbwanaSamatta troubled the Eagles’ defence before Mikel’s close header went for a corner.
Earlier, Ighalo failed to make his effort count yet again before Moses fired wide after he was beautifully set up by Mikel’s amazing pass as agitated fans were made to wait.
Nigeria kept up their impressive runs in search for an opener against a disciplined visitors as keeper DeogratiusMunishstopped Iheanacho ‘s effort on the brink of half time.
The Super Eagles resumed the order half, with intense pressure for goal against the Tanzanian backline with Ighalo and Musa efforts failing to reach the back of the net.
The visitors, equally had moment in attack as they tried to ease off pressure against Nigerian through dangermanSamatta.
Until Iheanacho struck from 25 yards out to beat Tanzania keeper Munish, and his brilliant strike in the 78th minute that handed Nigeria the vital victory.
Despite already missing the tournament at the expense of already through Group G leaders Egypt, Nigeria finally settled for the second spot ahead of visitors Tanzania.