The Super Eagles will host Swaziland in the return leg of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Pot Harcourt on Tuesday. In the first leg in Lobamba thEagles played an uninspiring 0-0 draw against their less-fancied hosts.
And as football fans across the country look forward to an improved performance, Completesportsnigeria.com’s JAMES AGBEREBI lists five ties the Eagles have progressed from in the past after a dodgy first leg…
NIGERIA VS ERITREA (2002 WORLD CUP QUALIFIER, 1ST ROUND)
The Super Eagles took on Eritrea in the first round of the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier. In the first leg that took place in Asmara, the Eritreans held the Eagles to a surprise 0-0 draw. In the return leg at the National Stadium, Lagos, the Eagles won 4-0. Goals from Benedict Akwuegbu, Garba Lawal, Jonathan Akpoborie and Nwankwo Kan, sealed the win for Nigeria and qualification into the group stage of the qualifiers.
The Eagles went on to qualify for the 2002 World cup, after topping a group that had Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan.
NIGERIA VS RWANDA (2013 AFCON QUALIFIER, 1ST ROUND)
After missing out on the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, the Super Eagles made amends by picking one of the tickets for the 2013 which they went on to win.
In the first round of the qualifiers, the Eagles were drawn against Rwanda. The first leg saw the Eagles hold Rwanda to a 0-0 draw in Kigali. In the reverse fixture played inside the U.J, Esuene Stadium in Calabar, the Eagles won 2-0 thanks to goals from Ike Uche and Ahmed Musa.
NIGERIA VS LIBERIA (2013 AFCON QUALIFIER, 2ND ROUND)
The Super Eagles took on Liberia in the final round of the 2013 AFCON qualifiers and played a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Monrovia. The return leg saw the Eagles triumph 6-1, with goals from Efe Ambrose, Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses (brace), Mikel Obi and Ike Uche.
NIGERIA – GUINEA (1990 AFCON QUALIFIER, 1ST ROUND)
Guinea took on the Super Eagles in the first round of the 1990 Cup of Nations qualifiers. The first leg was played in Conakry, with the Eagles holding their hosts to a 1-1 draw before emerging 3-0 victors back home.
The Eagles went on to qualify for Algiers 1990 Cup of Nations following a 4-1 aggregate win against Zimbabwe in the second round qualifiers.
NIGERIA – SIERRA LEONE (1978 AFCON QUALIFIER, 1ST ROUND)
The race for a place at the 1978 edition of the Cup of Nations in Ghana saw the Eagles face Sierra Leone in the first round of the qualifiers. The Leone Stars hosted the first leg but could only hold the Eagles to a 1-1 draw. And in the return leg, the Eagles made home advantage count with a 2-0 win.
And in the final round against Senegal, the Eagles won 4-3 on aggregate and were among the teams that featured in Ghana.