The Super Eagles has qualified for the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 win over the Syli Nationale of Guinea at the Alexandria stadium, courtesy of Kenneth Omeruo’s 73rd minute header.
Gernot Rohr, with the pace of Guinean midfielders in mind, dropped captain John Obi Mikel to the bench, adopting a 4-2-1-3 formation with Oghenekaro Etebo and Wilfred Ndidi at the base of midfield, with Alex Iwobi behind match-winner against Burundi, Odion Ighalo.
Chigozie Awaziem started at right back in place of injured Shehu Abdullahi, while Leon Balogun replaced Troost-Ekong in central defence to partner Kenneth Omeruo.
Moses Simon, who took the place of Samuel Chukwueze on the right wing, got a sight of goal when found by Ahmed Musa’s cross-field pass and went for glory after evading a defender, blazing high and wide.
The Super Eagles’ best chance of the half, however, came on 32 minutes when Simon put Ighalo through on goal but the striker went for glory, finding the side netting when he could have set up Ahmed Musa for a tap in, an uncharacteristic selfish play from the 30-year-old striker.