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Rohr records first win as Super Eagles beat Akwa Utd

The Super Eagles on Wednesday defeated Nigeria Professional Football League side, Akwa United FC, 3-0 in a test game ahead of Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania also in Uyo.

An impressive crowd turned up at the equally impressive Akwa Ibom International Stadium to watch the Eagles in action with youngster Victor Osimhen, goalkeeper Ikechuwu Ezenwa and Shehu Abdullahi seeing action, while the likes of John Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho being rested.

The Eagles under new coach Gernot Rohr won thanks to first half goals by Brown Ideye and Nosa Igiebor with Watford striker Odion Ighalo wrapping up the win after the interval.

Rohr insisted that the game be played to access the match fitness of his call-ups for the AFCON dead rubber tie against Tanzania which will serve as a dress rehearsal for a 2018 World Cup qualifier on October 3 in Zambia.

Meanwhile, in a mark of solidarity, the Akwa Ibom State Government has declared the match between Nigeria and Tanzania on Saturday free for all to watch.

The state’s Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Mr. Monday Ukoh, said yesterday that the government decided to throw the gate open for fans to cheer the Super Eagles to victory.

 

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