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
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.For
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