Libya 0 Nigeria 1: Sunday Faleye Nets Late Winner For Super Eagles
Published: January 19, 2018
Libya 0 Nigeria 1: Sunday Faleye Nets Late Winner For Super EaglesA second half strike from Sunday Faleye was all Nigeria needed to pip Libya 1-0 in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) Group C match at the Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangier, Morocco on Friday.

Both teams looked lively in the opening stages of the game as they searched for an early goal.

Wing-back Osas Okoro had a chance to make it 1-0 to Nigeria, but his effort was blocked by Ahmed El Trbi in the 15th minute.

The first half was clearly lifeless as the two teams resorted back to their shells in a bid to keep a clean sheet.

Nigeria goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa made a comfortable save from Libya midfielder Mohamed Aleyat's free-kick.

The Mediterranean Knights were solid in the first-half as Nigeria struggled to create clear-cut chances.

The Salisu Yusuf managed side clearly showed their intentions in the second-half. In the space of five minutes they created two chances to score.

Faleye skinned Libya defender Ahmed Al Maghassi, but his cross was out of range for Emeka Ogbugh.

Ogbugh forced Libya keeper Muhammad Nashnoush into a good save with a header as the Eagles pushed for the opening goal.

Omar Aribi tried his luck from range, but the Libya striker's effort narrowly missed the target.

With time ticking away Nigeria got the killer in the 79th minute through the lively Faleye. The youngster scored from a corner-kick to hand Nigeria the lead.

Despite the late pressure from Libya, the CHAN Eagles held on for a priceless three points.

Libya XI: Muhammad Nashnoush, Sanad Maoud, Ahmed El Trbi, Motasem Sabbou, Ahmed Al Maghasi, Mohamed Aleyat, Bader Ahmed, Abdulrahman Ramadhan khalleefah, Saleh Al Taher, Salem Ablo, Omar Aribi.

Nigeria XI: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Osas Okoro, Daniel Itodo, Stephen Eze, Kalu Orji, Emeka Atuloma, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Rabiu Ali, Emeka Ogbugh, Anthony Okpotu, Sunday Faleye

Subs: Oladele Ajiboye, Theophilus Afelokhai, Ikouwem Utin, Abdullahi Musa, Timothy Danladi, Ifeanyi Nweke, Augustine Oladapo, Ekundayo Ojo, Eneji Moses, Ibrahim Mustapha, Nur Muhammed, Okechukwu Gabriel

Abayomi Ademetan