The Super Eagles have won the first leg qualifying match against Cote D' Ivoire 4-1 ahead of the African Nations Championship scheduled for South Africa in 2014.
Kano Pillars’ Mohammed Gambo got the opener for the Eagles in the 15th minute of the first half after a brilliant pass from Sunday Mba.
The second goal came of a powerful left volley from Mba in the 30th minute, which got fans who filled the Ahmadu Bello Stadium cheering and shouting.
The Ivorians who explored the lapses in the left full back of the Nigerian side got a goal which was disallowed because the assistant referee ruled it off side.
They however pulled one back at the stroke of half time.
Two Ivorian players, Assale Roger and Gloudoueu Baresi, were sent off - one for challenging the fourth match official over a penalty call which was converted by Sunday Mba and the other for a rough tackle.
Substitute Ifeanyi Benjamin sealed victory for the Super Eagles with his goal in the 83rd minute.
Coach Stephen Keshi in his reaction after the match said the Ivorian team is good and that the lessons learnt will be worked on ahead of the 2nd leg in Abidjan in three weeks’ time.
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