Barely three days after playing out a goalless draw against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania in Afcon 2017 qualifiers; Nigeria’s Super Eagles claimed a 2-0 victory against Les Mena of Niger in an international friendly match.

The game played at the Adokie Amasiemeka Stadium in Port Harcourt on Tuesday, saw stand-in-captain, Ahmed Musa and Moses Daddy Simon netting  in each half to hand  Sunday Oliseh his first victory as Super Eagles coach.

Super Eagles head coach, Oliseh, made six changes to the side that played against Tanzania by including Godfrey Oboabona, Chima Akas, Rabiu Ibrahim, Usman Mohammed, Sylvester Igbonu and Anthony Ujah.

The CSKA of Moscow attacker, gave Nigeria the lead in the 12th minute through a free-kick that the Nigerien goalkeeper Daouda Kassaly should have kept if he had applied a strong punch.

Although, the Super Eagles continued to torment its opponents, creating numerous scoring chances, it was unable to increase the tally until five minutes from end of the match when substitute Moses Simon, scored the second goal after being given the ball in front of the box.

The AAK Gent attacking winger, who took the place of Musa, delivered a sublime finish, shooting into the roof of the net to seal the victory.

Nigeria vs Niger Line-ups


Carl Ikeme; Solomon Kwambe, Godfrey Oboabona, Kenneth Omeruo, Chima Akas, Nwankwo Obiora, Rabiu Ibrahim, Usman Mohammed, Ahmed Musa, Sylvester Igbonu, Anthony Ujah

Subs: Ikechukwu Ezenwa; Kingsley Madu, Emmanuel Emenike, Lukman Haruna, Emem Eduok, Moses Simon, Prince Aggreh, William Troost-Ekong, Austin Obaroakpo, Yaro Bature

Daouda Kassaly; Utmanu Tidjani Ganiyu, Kafi Dan Kwae, Mohamed Samaila, Baureima Katakoie, Issiakou Koudize, Souleymane Sako, Mohamane Cisse, Mohamed Wonkoye, Modibo Isa Sidibe, Amadou Maitara

Subs: Moussa Alzouma; Inaussa Ismael, Zakari Souleymane, Abdul Samed Oumarou, Victorien Adje Adebayor, Oumarou Alio Youssouf, Ibrahim Paraiso.

By Olisemeka Obeche


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