The Super Eagles of Nigeria defeated their counterpart Equitorial Guinea by a three goals to one margin. Salisu’s men replied the opener of Secundino Eyama’s decent header with a three goals in the second half of the game.
The Nigerian team who are also favorites ended up winning the game bouncing back from a goal behind to beat Equatorial Guinea 3-1 in their last Group C game on Tuesday.
Nigeria coach Salisu Yusuf after the blow of Secundino Eyama Nsi’s first half strike, made tactical changes that effected change as Anthony Okpotu, Dayo Ojo and substitute Rabiu Ali found the net to secure victory in Stade Adrar, Agadir.
Rodolfo Bodipo’s side took an unlikely 40th-minute lead as Super Eagles were caught flat-footed as Nsi powered in Miguel Ángel Mayé’s corner.
Although that was the Nzalang Nacional’s only shot of the opening period, it took Yusuf’s men – who needed a draw to book a last eight ticket – until the 58th minute to forge a breakthrough as Okpotu coolly headed in his first goal in the competition.
Sunshine Star’s Ojo then put the Super Eagles ahead with his long-range effort to the relief of the technical crew thanks to Ali’s assist.
And Ali soon sealed victory in the 83rd minute from the penalty spot after Okpotu was recklessly brought down by captain Cosme Anvene, leaving fans celebrating maniacally as the Stade Adrar fell to a stunned silence.
The two-goal advantage was untroubled for the remainder of the encounter, though, as Nigeria clung on for their sixth CHAN win since 2014.
They face Group D’s runners-up in Sunday’s quarter-final fixture at Stade Ibn Batouta, Tangier for a place in the last four.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria have qualified for the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup as the first African Team.
The African giants qualified on Saturday evening after defeating visitors Zambia 1-0 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.
Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi scored the goal for the Super Eagles in the 73rd minute of the keenly contested encounter.
With the result, the Super Eagles are not mandated to win their last game against Algeria on the 6th of November in the North African Nation as it is now a dead rubber.
The Super Eagles qualified with 13 points from Group B with Zambia having 7 points, Cameroon with 6 and Algeria bottom with 1 point
The Super Eagles of Nigeria on Friday demolished the Indomitable lions of Cameroon 4-0 during the FIFA World Cup qualifiers match played at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, Akwa Ibom.
The goals were scored by striker Odion Ighalo, Captain John Mikel Obi, Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses and Leicester City star Kelechi Iheanacho.
Odion Ighalo put Nigeria ahead after receiving a fine pass from John Obi Mikel in the 29th minute.
John Mikel Obi added the second on the 42 minute.
Moses Simon assisted the third goal scored by Victor Moses in the 55th minute.
Kelechi Iheanacho punished the Indomitable Lions with a fine header in the 76th minute.
Nigeria lead the group with 9 points from three game, followed by Cameroon with two points while Zambia and Algeria are on one point each.
Nigeria centre-back Leon Balogun is 50-50 for the Super Eagles friendlies against Corsica and Togo after he picked up an injury.
The defender limped off the pitch in the 18th minute of Mainz 05’s final game of the 2016/17 Bundesliga season against Cologne with a suspected thigh problem.
The 28-year-old was replaced by Alexander Hack in the 2-0 loss as Jonas Hector and Japanese striker Yuya Osako scored to condemn Mainz to defeat and ending they’re the season on a bad note.
The defender has played 21 times for Mainz in all competitions in a season blighted by injuries and loss of form.
The German side hasn’t released a time-frame for his return but it is suspected he will be out for two weeks which means he is doubtful for the friendlies but might return for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa.
Despite Nigeria’s 12-6 loss to Italy on Thursday at the 2017 Fifa Beach Soccer World Cup, Super Sand Eagles top scorer Abu Azeez believes the team will bounce back from the loss.
It was a nightmare start to the campaign for the Sand Eagles as the Azzurri put up a show to put 12 past a hapless and tired looking Nigerian side.
Azeez, who scored three of Nigeria’s six goals, told supersport.com that Nigerians should expect a much-improved performance in the next game against Mexico.
“Several factors led to our defeat but I don’t want to make excuses. The Italians were better on the day and they deserved to win,” he stated.
“It was a game of experience, tactics and the physical side. We all know when the chips are down experience will outrun power and that was what happened.
“Unfortunately due to logistics, three of our players got to the Bahamas a few minutes before kickoff while I and three others got in just under an hour to kickoff and that played a role in the game.
“Fatigue set in at a point and it played a huge role in our fitness levels. The Italians are hot favourites for the title, so it was a tall order for us yesterday.
“Nigerians should definitely expect a much-improved game in our next match. We are not training today (Friday) so as to rest our limbs and be fresh for the next game. We will do better.”
The Sand Eagles will be up against Mexico on Saturday in their second Group B game.
AFCON 2013 winner and skipper in the match vs Senegal Ogenyi Onazi who looked badly injured in the match on Thursday participated fully at the training on Saturday morning. A smiling Onazi spoke to supersport.com after training “I am fine and I am very happy that it was not worse than I had feared”.
The Trabzonspor of Turkey midfielder was hit in the back in a mid air collision with Mane Biram Diouf of Stoke City. “I don’t know why he was so aggressive considering it was a friendly but I thank God I am ok. It is football” the team’s skipper said.
Even though prestige friendly between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Stallions of Burkina Faso has been called off the Nigerian team still came out to train on Saturday morning at the Hive stadium of Barnet Football club.
Coach Geraht Rohr and his technical crew put the players through their paces and it was as competitive as their trainings have been since the team arrived London.