Given everything that has happened to the Super Eagles in the past two years before the appointment of Gernot Rohr , Friday’s win over the Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions was a huge relief .
With just three points away from FIFA Russia 2018 World Cup ticket and with the hope of Zambia falling to Algeria , the win over the Africa Champion is the most memorable of the world cup qualifying games so far .
The return of the trio of Captain Mikel Obi , Chelsea’s dependable payer , Victor Moses and Odion Ighalo is a major boost to the Eagles but who could have predicted a four zero massacre against the AFCON Champion.
In the 28th minutes of the encounter at the Goodwill Akpabio International Stadium , Odion Ighalo gave the home side the lead after a volley pass from his captain after the misses of Victor Moses that would have put the Eagles three-zero up.
Four minutes before the break , Former Chelsea’s player , Mikel Obi , extended the lead from a corner kick by Chelsea’s player , Victor Moses to give the former African Champion a surprise two zero lead into the second half of game .
A classic counter attack occurred in the 54th minutes of the game , during the open play , Victor Moses’ pass exchange with Simon Moses at the edge of the Cameroon’s defence opened up the defence line , leaving the goalkeeper open to the danger of Victor Moses’ low shot that beat the former to make it three zero for Gernot Rohr’s side .
Antonio Conte’s reliable player is arguably the most valuable player in the encounter and becoming the most important player for his country and perhaps his club .
With just fifteen minutes left for play , A great build up from Onazi with Victor Moses through the flanks , saw the fomer picked Kelechi Iheanacho , who headed it to make it four zero.
Nigeria could become the first African team to earn a slot in Russia as early as Tuesday (next 48 hours) if they defeat the Cameroonians today in Yaounde and Zambia fail to beat Algeria at the Stade Mustapha Tchaker in Blida on Tuesday .
Mudashiru Shittu writes from Lagos .