AFCON 2019 qualifier: Nigeria beats Seychelles 3-0

Mazino Dickson

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The Super Eagles got their 2019 AFCON qualifying  campaign back on track on Saturday as they thrashed hosts Seychelles 3-0 in Victoria City.

Ahmed Musa put the Nigerian side in front when he hit a thunder bolt first time from outside the box, with the ball hitting the bar and on ricocheting off the keeper’s back on 15 minutes.

It was 2-0 on 34 minutes after Kelechi Iheanacho’s free kick hit the crossbar, leaving defender Chidozie Awaziem to tap into an empty net.

In the second half, the Seychelles Pirates took the game to Nigeria, but failed to score.

It was over as a contest as Odion Ighalo converted a penalty on 57 minutes to give them an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Sadly, goal scorer Awaziem was stretched off in the 74th minute after a collision, allowing Semi Ajayi to make his International debut.

And debutante Ajayi almost provided the fourth goal as his inch-perfect cross was met by substitute Henry Onyekuru, who headed the ball just wide.

Nigeria will next face Libya, who have a date with Bafana Bafana of South Africa later on Saturday.