Sunday Falaye shoots for goal

Youngster Sunday Faleye Friday night fired Nigeria to the top of Group C of 2018 CHAN at the expense of Libya.

The 19-year-old Faleye was the match winner for the home-based Super Eagles on 79 minutes, when he stabbed home a corner by Osas Okoro.

Nigeria now have four points from two matches, while Libya are second on three points.

The second match of this group between Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea will be played later today at the same venue.

Nigeria were mostly on the attack in this encounter after they had been held to a goalless draw by Rwanda on Monday.

Both the Eagles and Libya cancelled out each other in the first half and expectedly marched back into the dressing with no goals to shout about.

Nigeria were bright from the first whistle and threatened the Libyan goal as early as the second minute.

But it was the 25th minute, when Emeka Ogbugh’s cross-cum-shot screamed across the Libyan goal.

After the interval, Nigeria continued to search for an opening goal, but start striker Anthony Okpotu could not get his name on the scoreboard.

His diving header off a Faleye cross from the left was off the mark on 53 minutes.

Moments later, Faleye’s cross found Ogbugh, whose header was too weak to trouble Libya goalie Nashnush.

Faleye then made up for a wayward shot in the 77th minute with the decider as Nigeria held on for a vital win.

Eagles starting XI 4-3-3 – Ikechukwu Ezenwa – Osas Okoro, Daniel Itodo, Stephen Eze, Kalu Orji – Emeka Atuloma, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Dayo Ojo 74), Rabiu Ali – Emeka Ogbugh – Anthony Okpotu (Mustapha Ibrahim 61), Sunday Faleye(Austin Oladapo 86)

Coach: Salisu Yusuf

 

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