A good way of describing the 4 – 0 victory of Nigeria’s Super Eagles is best captured in one of the lessons of Russia’s greatest chess writer and teacher, Aaron Nimzovich who noted that we learn more from a defeat than a victory. So, the lessons learnt from the bloody nose and 2 – 0 humiliation in the last encounter between South Africa’s Bafana Bafana and the Super Eagles at the Godwin Akpabio Stadium offered enough lessons which ensured the Eagle’s victory in the match against Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions.
The Godwin Akpabio Stadium, Uyo was filled to capacity with thousand of fans who were determine to support the Super Eagles surmount their perennial arch rival Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions in the quest for the FIFA Russia 2018 ticket.
The team sports attribute of football was evident in the Eagles approach to the match and the excellent combination between the two Victor’s, Moses and Simon which constantly put the Cameroonian defense under pressure proved a great asset to the team. What would have been the first goal by Victor Moses was ruled an offside by the near side referee and the his second attempt through a header missed its target. The Eagles opened scoring in the 27 minute with Odion Ighalo’s sublime left leg strike from the blind side encounter with a Cameroonian central defender who tried to prevent a through pass from Mikel Obi that beat the goal keeper on the left side.
Odion Ighalo dummy from a Victor Moses corner and a one strike left leg chip from Mikel Obi beat the Cameroon goal Keeper on the right side, gave the Eagles the second goal just before the half time whistle. So it was 2 – 0 in favour of the Super Eagles at half time.
The second half witnessed more determine Cameroonian side mounting pressure against a resolute Eagles defense in a bid to cancel the 2 goals lead created an opportunity for a quick counter attack by the combination of Victor Simon and Moses with the clinical finish of Moses which beat the goal keeper to give the Eagles their third goals. it was 3 – 0 to the Eagles and the spectators erupted in spontaneous celebration.
In the 75 minute, substitute Kelechi Ihenacho scored a low level headache to give the Eagles their fourth goal.