The Super Eagles of Nigeria are battle-ready for crucial encounter against the Sihlangu Semnikati of Swaziland in an all-important second-leg of the first round of the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier.
Sequel to their 0 – 0 draw away to Swaziland in the first leg on Friday November 13, Sunday Oliseh’s ‘boys’ will have to ensure nothing but victory in the encounter to be played at the Adokiye Amasiemaka Stadium in Port Harcourt.
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Nigeria Starting XI: 16. Carl ikeme (GK), 5. Efe Ambrose, 7. Ahmed Musa (C) , 8. Odion ighalo, 11. Simon Moses, 12. Shehu Abdullahi, 14. Igboun Sylvester, 17. Ogenyi Onazi, 18. Onobi Paul, 20. Akas Chima, 21. Obaroakpo Austine
Substitutes: 1. Ezenwa Ikechukwu Vincent (GK), 2. Oboabona Godfrey, 3. Echiejile Elderson, 4. Ndidi Onyinye, 6. Alimi Jamiu, 9. Obafemi Martins, 10. John Obi Mikel, 13. Okogbue Kalu Orji, 15. Kelechi Iheanacho, 19. Alex iwobi, 22. Ezekiel Bassey, 23. Alampasu Dele (GK)
Eagles pray as prepare for the encounter
52′ GOALLLLLLLL!!!! Moses Simon curls it in to open the scoring for the Super Eagles. What a goal!
51′ FREEKICK Nigeria, Igbonu brought down in a dangerous position. Moses standing over this.
49′ Again! Ighalo turns well to beat his marker, tees up Moses Simon but his effort is blocked.
47′ WHAT A CHANCE! Ighalo did everything well at the right hand side, tees up Igbonu who flashes his shot narrowly wide from close range. Closest the Super Eagles have come in this game
46′ Swaziland gets the second half underway. No changes made from both sides.
HT: Nigeria 0 – 0 Swaziland
45+2′ Onazi with a beautiful turn in the midfield, plays a nice ball to Musa who crosses but its cleared. Linesman spots an infringement before the cross and gives Swaziland a freekick. Still 0-0.
45′ Delay tactics maybe as the Swazi’s goalie is down. Two minutes of added time to be played.
43′ It’s taken by Musa but again cleared. Too many corner kicks for Nigeria but still no goal.
42′ Moses Simon wins a freekick for Nigeria, it’s taken but it’s cleared for a corner kick. Nigeria seventh corner in this game.
40′ Five minutes left to be played. Nigeria 0 – 0 Swaziland.
39′ PENALTY CALL! Abdullahi swings a dangerous ball from the right, it meets Ighalo who brings it down well with his chest, but he’s hacked down as he was about the pull the trigger. Referee waves play on!
38′ Simon tries a long ball to pick out lone striker Ighalo but the Swazi’s keeper rushes out of his line to claim.
35′ More pressure from Nigeria as Musa tees up Simon but the midfielder’s effort is blocked. Can the Super Eagles break the deadlock before half time?
34′ BIG CHANCE! A freekick is swung in and it drops kindly for the Swazis but its volleyed off target.
32′ Half Chance! Igbonu flashes a shot narrowly wide
31′ BIG CHANCE! Sunshine Stars Paul Onobi plays a defense splitting pass to Ighalo but the striker miscues his volley and its off target.
29′ Ahmed Musa embarks on a dashing run at the right, he wins a corner for his effort. The corner is taken but again Obaroakpo Austine heads well over the bar.
27′ Swaziland doing just enough to frustrate the Super Eagles. If the scoreline remains this way after 120 minutes, then we will be having penalty shootout.
25′ Swaziland win its first corner of the game. Its swung in and a header comes in but it’s well over the bar.
22′ Ighalo embarks on a dashing run at the right, beats one, beats two but he’s quickly crowded by the Swazi’s defense. The Watford striker is easily dispossessed and the referee waves play on.
20′ Moses Simon swings in a corner, its cleared but drops kindly for Onazi who blazes his effort well over the bar.
18′ Musa beats his marker down the left hand flag but his cross doesn’t pick out anyone in the box.
15′ The Swazi’s are gradually getting into the game as they are trying the long ball to pick out their lone striker upfront.
13′ OFFSIDE Swaziland!
12′ BIG CHANCE! Ighalo again tees up Simon but the midfielder’s effort is straight at the Swazi’s goalie. That was close!
10′ Nigeria 0 – 0 Swaziland
8′ HALF CHANCE! Chima Akas blazes his effort well over the bar after beautiful piece of play from Ighalo. The Super Eagles are on the front-foot.
6′ HALF CHANCE! Moses Simon plays a delightful pass to Ahmed Musa who is through on goal but the Swazi’s goalkeeper rushes out of his line to make a fine clearance.
5′ Nigeria just passing the ball around looking for that opening in the Swazi’s defense.
Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Carl Ikeme stepping out for the crucial cracker (PHOTO CREDIT: Babajide Orevba)
4′ It’s taken but Obaroakpo Austine heads well over the bar.
3′ Odion Ighalo dazzles two defenders and forces the first corner for Nigeria.
Onazi stepping out for the game (PHOTO CREDIT: Babajide Orevba)
1: The game is underway. The Super Eagles look very bright this sunny afternoon. The stands here is almost filled to the brim.
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