Odion Ighalo netted twice on Tuesday night to gift Genort Rohr’s Super eagles a 3-2 victory over Libya in Sfax Tunisia. Odion Ighalo suffered setback in Russia, but his recent run of form in the last consecutive games have proven that the player had already moved on from the poor World up outing.
The Nigerian team raced into the lead early in the game with Odion Ighalo. The former Watford player was at the right place and time to be on the receiving end of an easy tap-in after a wonderful piece of football involving Alex Iwobi and Ahmed Musa. Ahmed Musa doubled Nigeria’s lead on the night in the 17th minute. Zubya pulled one back for the Mediterranean knights 10 minutes before the break, as Libya continued to dominate proceedings. Libya finally were rewarded 15 minutes from time for the long spell of domination as Benali found the back of the net. The North Africa side looked like running away with a point, but Ighalo’s 81 minute strike proved to be the decider for the encounter.
Odion Ighalo’s future at the Super Eagles was uncertain following his below par World cup outing. The centre-forward missed two crucial chances against Argentina in the last match of the group stage of the World cup amidst lack of quality in-front of goal. The former Watford hit-man as a result of the display was on the wrong end of the media, as several sport analysts called for his head. Several sports pundit called for his withdrawal from the Nigerian team, but Genort Rohr insisted in fielding him and he has not disappointed. The centre-forward has scored consecutively in his last three games for the Super Eagles with a total of 6 goals.
At the end of 90 minutes, Super Eagle’s trainer Genort Rohr had every reason to smile in his post-match conference as he hailed the players for their contribution.
“I congratulate my team for this victory. It was a huge test of our character,” Rohr was quoted on the official Twitter handle of the Super Eagles after the game. “We lost a two-goal lead but fought hard instead of dropping our heads. We will stay humble because we have not qualified for AFCON yet. We keep fighting.”