The Super Eagles ended their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers campaign on a winning note by defeating Seychelles 3-1 at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, Delta State, on Friday.
The result means the three-time African champions top Group E with 13 points, having won four, drew one and lost one of their six games.
China-based striker, OdionIghalo, put the Eagles in front in the 33rd minute but the visitors shocked the home crowd when MelaineRody grabbed the equaliser four minutes before the break.
Galatasaray striker, Henry Onyekuru, making his first official start for the Super Eagles, gave Nigeria the lead again with a cool header off Jamilu Collins’ cross seven minutes into the second half.
Moses Simon came off the bench five minutes from time to seal the win with a stunning low shot inside the 18-yard box.
Ten minutes into the game, Stoke City midfielder,OghenekaroEtebo, failed to take a chance from the edge of the Seychelles box after Ighalo won a free-kick for the Eagles.
In the 24th minute, Ighalo missed an opportunity to break the deadlock from six yards when he could not reach a cutback from Wilfred Ndidi.
The visitors tested Eagles goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, for the first time when he saved a free-kick from Carl Haal.
In the 33rd minute, Ndidi was fouled in the penalty area and the resultant spot kick was converted by Ighalo, to take his tally to seven goals in the AFCON qualifiers.
Six minutes into the break, Etebo was denied by the goalkeeper who parried his free-kick on the edge of the box.
Seychelles restored parity against the run of play when Uzoho failed to deal with a free-kick leaving Rody with a simple finish.
Seven minutes into the half, Onyekuru made it 2-1 nodding in Collins’ delightful cross.
Coach Gernot Rohr made two substitutions, bringing on debutant, Paul Onuachu for Etebo, and Semi Ajayi for Alex Iwobi.
He also brought on Simon for Ighalo, who limped off injured in the win and two minutes later the Levante star fired in the Eagles’ third goal in the 89th minute.
Next up for Nigeria is an international friendly against Egypt on Tuesday at the same venue of Friday’s victory over Seychelles – Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.