Nigeria cruise past Seychelles, as SA, Libya fire blank

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles as expected defeated minnows Seychelles in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match in Victoria on Saturday. The Eagles won 3-0.

It was a different story at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban where Adel Amrouche returning to the dugout for the first time after several months led Libya to a 0-0 draw against South Africa.

The Nigerians made four changes to the team that lost to Argentina at the World Cup in Russia with Samuel Kalu getting his debut.

Saudi Arabia-based winger Ahmed Musa, who was captain on the day for Nigeria, continued with his impressive goalscoring run in internationals. The former Leicester City man rifled an attempt which struck the post before it came off Seychelles goalkeeper Dave Mussard and into the net after 15 minutes.

The Pirates of Seychelles hardly troubled Nigeria stopper Francis Uzoho as the west Africans dominated without even stepping up on the pedals.

Nigeria had an unusual goalscorer for their second. Chidozie Awaziem pounced on a follow-up to score on 34 minutes after Kelechi Iheanacho’s freekick struck the upright.

Odion Ighalo also got among the goals by netting the third from the spot after 57 minutes with Kalu who had an impressive international debut winning the penalty.

The other Group E game between South Africa’s Bafana Bafana and Libya did not produce goals.

Amrouche and his men practically defended deep and denied South Africa the chance to score.

After Matchday 2 in Group E of the AFCON qualification, the table remains unchanged with Libya topping on four points, same with South Africa in second. Nigeria and Seychelles occupy third and fourth positions respectively.

© The Predictor NG

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