The Super Eagles B team got their WAFU Cup campaign underway on a positive note with a 2-0 victory over their Sierra Leoneans counterparts on Monday night.
Late goals from Osas Okoro and Peter Eneji was the tonic needed by the Salisu Yusuf tutored lads to break the resistance of the impressive Lone Stars at the Cape Coast Stadium.
With the win, Nigeria progressed to the Group A, which also comprises hosts Ghana, Mali and Guinea.
Allnigeriasoccer.com takes a look at five things learnt from the hard fought win by the Ikechukwu Ezenwa skippered side.
1. Ezenwa can save our soul
A man with nine lives. Trust him with responsibilities and he won’t fail. The former Flying Eagles star soared his growing reputation with a man of the match performance.
He was mountainous in goal and proved why he is ready for bigger tasks for the Super Eagles in future.
2. Reliable Rabiu Ali
Rabiu Ali is a show stopper when he gets his bearing in games. The Kano Pillars legend was at the heart of the Eagles’ positive moves and linked up well with his wicked passes.
3. Marauding full backs
Osas Okoro and Chima Akas were always venturing forward and looking to provide support to the attackers. They provided width to the tactical system of the Super Eagles and weren’t found wanting.
Okoro’s free kick is a typical “Television Goal” and he started the move that resulted in the second goal of the game.
4. Positive substitutions
A difficult game is usually won from the bench. The trio of Peter Eneji, Ubong Friday and Gabriel Okechukwu read a script dished out by Yusuf Salisu and acted it perfectly.
The three attackers were menacing when they were thrown into the fray.
5. Eneji wonder
Sweeping team move. Tic tac, sexy football, one touch game and whoops it landed at the back of the net.
It was a one time finish from Peter Eneji, who curled a low shot beyond the stranded keeper.
The Plateau United man reminded fans of the predatory abilities of the late Rashidi Yekini with his goal poacher’s effort.