Super Eagles midfielder, Kelechi Iheanacho scored a jaw dropping goal as Nigeria defeated the Taifa Stars of Tanzania 1-0 in Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium.
The match which result had no relevance to the current standings in Group G owing to the fact that Egypt had already picked up the only ticket to the AFCON tournament to hold in Gabon next year, saw Nigeria dominate possession for the entire part of the match amid intricate plays and fluid passing from the players.
Gernot Rohr starting Eleven had ; Carl Ikeme in the goal keeping position, with Musa Mohammed Leon Balogun, William Troost Ekong and Elderson Echiejile in the back four position of the defence. John Obi Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi, Kelechi Ihenacho, Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses and Odion Ighalo were present in the midfield and attack positions going forward.
There were lots of fluffed chances for the Super Eagles especially in the first half, with Victor Moses being culpable for most of the misses after being played through severally by Mikel Obi who played most part of the game in an advanced positions. Odion Ighalo also missed his chances with his best effort saved superbly by the Tanzania goalkeeper.
However, in the 77th minute, Iheanacho gave the packed stadium in Uyo an ideal result with a beautiful shot that went straight into the back of the Tanzania’s net for Nigeria’s only goal of the game.
The victory was Super Eagles coach, Genort Rohr’s first since been appointed by the Nigeria Football Federation in August. The German will next lead the team in the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying series which starts away at Zambia in Ndola on October 3rd.