Nigeria vs Liberia: Iheanacho on Fire As Super Eagles Record Big Win in Lagos

Nigeria vs Liberia: Iheanacho on Fire As Super Eagles Record Big Win in Lagos

  • Super Eagles of Nigeria on Friday evening, August 3, defeated visiting Liberia in 2022 World Cup qualifying match
  • Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho scored the two goals for Nigeria in an encounter played in Lagos
  • Nigeria will continue their fight to qualify for the 2022 World Cup with another match against Cape Verde next week

Nigeria who are three-time African champions on Friday evening, August 3, began their quest to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup by beating visiting Liberia 2-0 at the Teslim Balogun stadium.

Liberia traveled to Nigeria with the hopes of them getting a good result in Lagos, but they met a determined Super Eagles side who want to secure their place in the next World Cup as soon as possible.

Starting from the goalkeeping department, Gernot Rohr continued his trust in goalkeeper Maduka Okoye as he was picked ahead of Francis Uzoho, bur he did not disappoint.

Kelechi Iheanacho
Super forward Kelechi Iheanacho in action for the Super Eagles of Nigeria. Photo by Catherine Ivill
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Super Eagles got the first chance to score in this game when Ndidi located Aribo with a fine pass, but his shot was parried away by the Liberian goalkeeper Ashley Williams.

How did Nigeria score 1st goal?

Gernot Rohr and his wards eventually opened scoring in the 23rd minute through Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho who combined in a fast corner kick with Alex Iwobi before firing past goalkeeper Williams.

Liberia roared loudly after conceding the first goal against the Super Eagles, but they were unable to make anything happen at the Teslim Balogun stadium.

Kelechi Iheanacho made sure that Nigeria take a 2-goal lead into the dressing room after the first half break as he fired the second goal in the 45th minute.

Nigeria tried their best to score another goal in the second half, but Liberia refused to concede as the match ended 2-0 in favour of the Super Eagles.

Alex Iwobi joins race to win prestigious award in England

Earlier, had reported how Nigerian winger Alex Iwobi got his 2021-22 campaign off to a flying start after he was nominated for Everton's August goal of the month award.

The former Arsenal star starred in the Toffees 2-1 triumph over Huddersfield Town in the month under review and his goal among seven others are now contending for the prestigious prize.

Iwobi opened scoring for the Goodison Park Stadium dwellers in the 26th-minute while Andros Townsend's 79th-minute effort sealed the victory for the visitors in the game.

Meanwhile, other contenders for the prize are Abdoulaye Dacoure against Southampton, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Southampton).