The Super Eagles begin their AFCON campaign with a hard fought 1-0 against the Swallows thanks to super sub Odion Ighalo.
Odion Ighalo came is as a substitute to score the only goal for Nigeria, with his first shot on goal in the 77 minute for a 1-0 win over Burundi at the African Cup Of Nations (AFCON) Saturday.
The match, played inside the Alexandria Stadium, was the opening match of their campaign at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) holding in Egypt.
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Nigeria will hope to put in a vastly improved performance against Guinea on Wednesday, while Burundi face Madagascar a day later.
Nigeria struggled in the early stages and could have fallen behind after 14 minutes but Daniel Akpeyi pawed away Cedric Amissi’s powerful volley.
At the other end, Samuel Chukwueze blazed over from Alex Iwobi’s pull-back shortly before the half-hour mark, while an unmarked John Obi Mikel headed wide from six yards soon after.
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Burundi ended the half strongly, with only a fingertip save from Akpeyi keeping out Frederic Nsabiyumva’s looping header.
Kenneth Omeruo headed over shortly after the restart for the Super Eagles before Akpeyi pushed Fiston Abdul Razak’s long-range drive around the post.
The stage was then set for Ighalo, the Shanghai Shenhua forward clinically lifting past Nahimana and in off the right-hand post to get his side up and running in the tournament.