The Super Eagles of Nigeria on Wednesday night cruised to a 2-0 victory over the Djurtus of Guinea-Bissau thanks to goals from Umar Sadiq and on-pitch Captain William Troost-Ekong.
Interim coach Austin Owen Eguavoen made eight changes to the side that beat Sudan 3-1.
The hard-fighting Guinea-Bissau side proved their mettle in the course of game as they became the first side to hold the Eagles to a scoreless first half.
However, Nigeria came smoking in the second half and Almeria striker Umar Sadiq who has come under heavy criticism from Nigerian fans home and abroad broke the deadlock.
Nigeria soon doubled their lead immediately Moses Simon came on. William Troost-Ekong scored into an empty net for Eagles’ second.
Nigeria opened scoring four minutes before the hour mark after a goalless first half through Sadiq Umar.
Having found mass amount of space after receiving a brilliant outside-foot pass from Iheanacho, he wasted no time in tapping home the ball into the bottom left corner.
Nigeria added a second after Moses Simon danced past four opposition players before shooting at goal. His ball which hit the upright fell to Troost-Ekong who tapped in into an empty net. After a long VAR check, the goal was given.
The Eagles could have added a third through Moses Simon but he couldn’t put the ball home after running the Djurtus’ defense ragged including the goalkeeper.
Nigeria have qualified for the knockouts of the Africa Cup of Nations with nine maximum points, their first time since 2006 when Eguavoen was also the manager.
12 – Nigeria have won 12 of their last 14 games at the Africa Cup of Nations (L2), including all three at this year’s edition. It’s the first time since 2006 that they’ve won each of their opening three matches of an edition. Soaring.Opta
In the other group game, the Pharaohs advance to the knockout stages as Mohamed Abdelmoneim’s header sealed the victory for Egypt.