AFCON qualifiers: Nigeria defeat Libya to top group

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Nigeria have displaced South Africa to top Group E of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers following a 3-2 victory over Libya.

The second leg played in Taieb Mhiri Stadium in Sfax, Tunisia yesterday saw Nigeria slicing Libya’s defence open with a pin-point pass from Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi to stand-in captain, Ahmed Musa who in turn laid it on for Odion Ighalo to score an easy goal from close range in the 14th minute.

Three minutes later, the Super Eagles doubled their lead with Ighalo returned the favour to Musa who evaded two markers on the verge of falling but stayed on his feet to slot past Libya ‘keeper.

After the goal, the tempo of the game increased with the Libyans mounting huge pressure on the Nigerians.

Their efforts paid off in the 35th minute when Mohamed Zubya cut the Super Eagles lead with a close range header.

At the restart of the second half with no changes made from both sides, the Mediterranean Knights continued to pile more pressure on the Super Eagles.

Their efforts nearly paid off in the 75th minute as Uzoho was unable to stop Ahmed Benali from levelling matters for Libya.

China based striker, Odion Ighalo in the 81st minute restored Nigeria’s lead with a well-taken goal after sending two defenders sprawling on the floor and is now the top scorer in the qualifying series with six goals, having scored two more than Zimbabwe’s Knowledge Musona.

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