Nigeria defeated Chad 2-0 in their first game of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers on Saturday at the Ahmadu Bella Stadium. A fantastic first half saw both teams have a go at each other throughout. It was filled with equal chances of shots on goal.
The two goalkeepers were called into action and were on song. Vincent Enyeama did exceedingly well by preventing two possible goals by the Chadians which might have granted the visitors a lead. Emmanuel Tregoat’s men showed grit and defended to the best of their ability which exceeded the expectations of many.
For a team which ranks number 112 playing against the team ranking number five in Africa, they played a really good game. The teams went into the half-time break stuck at 0-0. Nothing changed much in the second half, in terms of performance by the teams.
The energy was still there however and the score changed soon in favour of the Super Eagles. In the 63rd minute Cbolahan Salami opened the scoring when he struck a goal with real venom with four Chadians on the defence. He controlled the ball nicely and followed with a great finish, an almost half-volley goal.
Then in the 77th minute Massana Alseno granted the Nigerians a penalty when he grabbed Ogenyo Onazi inside the box. Onazi was later offered a red card and sent away after attacking Alseno. Nevertheless, Odion Ighalo took the penalty in the 80th minute, adding yet another goal for his team.
Playing with 11 men against 10, Chad failed to produce goals. The match ended with the home team walking away with the three points which places them on top of the early Group C log.