Nigeria Overcomes Swaziland

Second half goals from Moses Simon and Efe Ambrose handed Nigeria victory against Swaziland on Tuesday in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers,at Port Harcourt.  The Nigerians started the first half on a bright note, with multiple opportunities to open the scoring, through the England-based striker Odion Ignalo.  With all the countless chances accumulated by the Super Eagles, the first half ended goalless.

This would have left the west Africans on edge after drawing 0-0 in the first leg in southern Africa.  At the same time Sihlangu would have seriously fancied their chances.  But it was not to be.

During the second half the hosts came back much stronger and determined as they broke the deadlock in the opening minutes.  This was achieved through a free kick by Simon.  The game went back to its slow pace and it looked as though the match was going to end 1-0.  However in the 85th minute, Ambrose scored to make it 2-0, sending Nigeria into jubilation and through to the group stage of qualifying.

The Swazis finished the game with only 10 men after Phumlani Dlamini was sent off for a tackle that resulted in a free kick to Nigeria .  However the Super Eagles failed to capitalise on it but it did not matter in the end.