Nigeria began their World Cup Qualifiers on a good note beating Lone Stars of Liberia 2-0 on Friday Night.
It was a win that was widely expected by the Nigerian fans as the Super Eagles played at home against the less fancied Liberians.
But two goals were enough to seal the win for Nigeria.
They now climbed to the top spot in Group C of the qualifying series thanks to the draw between the two other sides in the group.
Cape Verde drew 1-1 with the (CAR) Central African Republic as both sides settled for 1 point apiece in the contest.
However, following the 2-0 victory for Nigeria over Liberia, we evaluate the 3 significant lessons from the game.
Kelechi is really the senior man
The Leicester City forward produced the needed goals for Nigeria in the first 45 minutes as the Eagles side went into the break with a comfortable two-goal cushion.
Despite Iheanacho’s no show goal at club level for Leicester City in the just started Premier League season, he proved how crucial he can be for Gernot Rohr’s led Super Eagles side.
His goals in the 22nd and 45th minutes was sufficient to condemn Liberia to defeat in Lagos as Nigeria picked the available three points in the encounter.
He’s proven his credentials as a senior man in the Super Eagles side.
And he will be really missed alongside Alex Iwobi (Everton) and Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester teammate) when Nigeria takes on Cape Verde away on Tuesday.
Poor Nigeria (Lagos) pitch
Nigeria’s pitch is not good enough for football matches, especially as the foreign pros struggled to make the most of the match venue.
The pitch is a true reflection of the situation of things in the country just as the terrorist (killing) group known as Bandits are making lives difficult in Nigeria.
It was a horrible pitch by Nigeria standard and the stakeholders should be queried on the choice of the pitch for a game of that importance at home.
Even CAF should question Nigeria ahead of the next game to ensure that the West African giants present a better Stadium for their next home game in the ongoing World Cup qualifiers.
Some measure of complacency
Nigeria began to play to the gallery after they got the two goals in the first half. They lacked the initial (first half) sense of urgency in the second half as they appeared relaxed and content with only their two-goal lead.
But this is the kind of game Nigeria should be winning with wide margins the same way Algeria hammered less fancied Djibouti 7-0 at home.
Despite been six goals up (6-0), Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez maintained the course by adding the seventh goal for the Algerians.
But that cannot be said of Nigeria who chose to settle for little rather than big irrespective of the pitch issues and the attacking talents they paraded on the occasions.
Also, the team should have rallied for more goals since goal difference could play a part in who goes through the group in the latter stages of the World Cup qualifiers.