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Super Eagles beat Swaziland in W/Cup qualifier

17 November 2015, 18:14Israel Ojoko

Port Harcourt - Nigeria’s Super Eagles defeated Swaziland 2-0 in a tension filled 2018 World Cup qualifier played in Port Harcourt.

After a tensed first half, second half goals from Moses Simon and Efe Ambrose ensured Nigeria qualified for the group stage of the qualifiers, after the first leg had ended 0-0 on Friday.

Odion Ighalo’s pass was well positioned for Moses Simon, who’s shot was saved by Swaziland goalkeeper in the 11th minute but Swaziland was close to take the lead in the 33rd minute when a well-taken cross could not be properly dealt with as Sandile Hlatjwako hit the ball over the bar.

The first half was to end in a goalless draw after both teams have given their best, maybe a dressing room pep talk will make the difference after the break.

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On return from the break, Igbonu missed a clear chance as he fired wide from a close range.

Nigeria won a freekick close to the edge of the box, and Moses Simon stepped up to coolly slot the ball into the net in the 51st minute to put Nigeria ahead.

Nigeria continue to press forward but Igbonu was booked in the 55th minute for an infringement, and so was Efe Ambrose for a foul on Hlatjwako eight minutes later.

The huge fans at the stands had to force coach Sunday Oliseh to make substitution before Obafemi Martins was then introduced for Ahmed Musa in the 74th minute as the Super Eagles seek another goal to be safe after Swaziland had made a second change.

Simon was later stretchered off after sustaining an injury, and was replaced with Bassey Ezekiel as the tense game enters its final ten minutes.

Swaziland would have gotten an equalizer in the 81st minute only if Njabulo Ndlovu's effort was not saved by goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, before Efe Ambrose applied his right foot from Igbonu’s freekick to slot in Nigeria’s second goal with just three minutes left on the clock.

Phumlani was sent off for a second yellow after a rough tackle on Ogenyi Onazi, and the three minutes added time failed to produce another goal for either side.

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