Nigeria defeats Seychelles in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers


Goals from Nigerian winger Ahmed Musa, Chidozie Awaziem and a penalty from Odion Ighalo ensured Nigeria got their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign back on track with a 3-0 away win against Seychelles on Saturday.


Stand-in captain Musa set the ball rolling in the 15th minute with his 16th international goal for the super eagles, a beautiful left-footed scorcher from outside the box which came back off the post and goalkeeper Dave Mussard, before settling in the back of the net.


Despite not delivering a spectacular performance – largely due to the poor state of the artificial pitch – Nigeria were professional in their approach, and the debuting Samuel Kalu was the outstanding individual.


Nigeria doubled their advantage eventually in the 34th minute of the game, when Awaziem tucked in from close range for his first international goal after a Kelechi Iheanacho free kick rebounded into his path as he guided it into an empty net.


Up-stepped under-fire forward Ighalo to convert in the 57th-minute as Nigeria extended their comfortable lead in an emphatic victory.


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