Odion Ighalo was the hero as the Super Eagles of Nigeria piped a resolute Burundian side 1-0 to win the team’s opening match since 2006.
The Nigerian Super Eagles have failed to win their opening games in the last three AFCON tournaments they appeared in before now.
After a goalless first half, coach Genort Rohr brought in Ahmed Musa and Odion Ighalo for Mikel Obi and Paul Onuachu.
It was Ighalo who finished up Ola Aina’s assist nicely to make the difference.
Ighalo who was the highest goal scorer in the AFCON qualifier, came on for Paul Onuachu to give Nigeria a win that set the team in the right momentum for the remainder of their group matches.
The Burundi side has been touted to have a strong defense and that showed a great deal in today’s game.
The Super Eagles start on a good note despite not many goals and sit temporarily top as Madagascar and Guinea play later today.
The Super Eagles will play Guinea in their next group game of the African Nations Cup taking place in Egypt.
By Uche Dozie