Lagos - African football champions, Nigeria, massacred little known Tahiti 6-1 in their opening Group B Confederations Cup campaign contested at Estadio Mineirao Stadium, Belo Horizonte city of Brazil on Monday night.
The victory also saw the Super Eagles lead their group log standing ahead of FIFA World defending champions, Spain, who 24 hours earlier had beaten Uruguay 2-1 in their opening match.
Both Nigeria and Spain have three points, but the two national teams are separated by virtue of goal superiority with the African champions scoring more goals (6) while the World and European champions managed only two strikes.
A hat-trick from Nnamdi Oduamadi and a brace by Uwa Echiejile with an own goal by Tahiti's tough tackling defender-cum-midfielder Jonathan Tehau was all the African champions needed overtake Spain as new log leaders.
Prior to the error, scoring own goal, Tehau had earlier scored a brilliant header for his country Tahiti to reduce Nigeria's lead to 3-1.
Nigeria, who received much criticism back home following a 1-1 draw with Namibia a week ago turned on the heat against Tahiti as they raised the African spirits high with two quick goals in the space of 10 minutes.
Despite arriving late in Brazil following bonus disputes, the Super Eagles made their intentions very clear when they grabbed their opening match as early as the 5th minute before doubling the scoreline five minutes later.
On Monday night, Nigeria played without their top strikers Victor Moses of Chelsea and Emmanuel Emenike of Spartak Moscow in Russia, but the talented Super Eagles did not feel the duo's absence.
- CAJ News