These blow-by-blow updates are brought to you by completesportsnigeria.com’s TUNDE KOIKI LIVE from the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
90+3- Prince Aggrey holds onto the ball for too long, losing the chance to make it 3-0
90+4- Four minutes of added time here in Port Harcourt. This one is in the bag. Oliseh gets his first win.
OH WHAT A FINISH! Moses Simon hammers in a left footed effort! TWO NIL NIGERIA! Surely it’s over now!
It’s frenetic here in Port Harcourt! Nigeria really turning on the heat!
80- William Troost-Ekong comes on for Solomon Kwambe. Godfrey Oboabona moves to right back.
Emenike scores….but is chalked off for offside.
76- Moses Simon is REALLY putting these Nigeriens under pressure with his dribbling.
72- Simon Moses crosses the ball in but Oboabona’s ensuing shot is off target
To be honest, the Super Eagles have NOT CREATED ONE SINGLE CLEAR CHANCE IN THE ENTIRE MATCH!
69- A Nigerien player is receiving treatment minutes after an Obiora Nwankwo good pass was not utilised. Ismael in, Tijani out; Niger substitution
67- Modibo Sidibe out, Adjoe Adebayor in; Niger substitution
Captain armband has passed to Kenneth Omeruo. Still Nigeria 1 Niger 0. #NGAvsNIG
63- Moses Simon in, Ahmed Musa out; Nigeria substitution. Moses with a corner now. Prince Aggrey with a aimed volley but it is off target
60- Bature Yaro in, Sylvester Igboun out; Nigeria substitution
58- SUPERB PASS FROM IGBOUN & AN AWARD WINNING TACKLE FROM A NIGER REP. DEFENDER STOPS AHMED MUSA!
FINALLY! Carl Ikeme warms his gloves as a snap shot from Niger comes through a crowd of bodies in the box.
56- Solomon Kwambe yellow-carded for a foul. Freekick to Niger and now a corner.
Dangerous freekick for Niger…comes to naught. Corner kick Niger Republic.
52- Substitution for Nigeria: Emmanuel “Cannon Boy” Emenike in for Anthony “Lone Ranger” Ujah
50- Solomon Kwambe commits a foul.
Substition by Niger now
Raking pass from Oboabona finds Musa. He beats 2 but can’t beat a 3rd before being stopped. #NGAvsNIG
47- Ahmed Musa wins a corner for Nigeria. The Nigeriens counter attack
45- 2nd half kicks off. Prince Aggrey in, Usman Mohammed out; Nigeria substitution
Second half about to begin. Eagles file out, huddle and pray.
HT Nigeria 1 – 0 Niger
First half ends here at the Adokiye Amasiemaka Stadium. Players leave the pitch. Nigeria 1 Niger Republic 0
THUNDEROUS ROAR AS RIVERS STATE GOVERNOR NYESOM WIKE WALKS IN!
45- Igboun fouled. Freekick to Nigeria. Rabiu Ibrahim’s in-swinging cross is nodded out of touch by Kenneth Omeruo
42- Poor touch by Sylvester Igboun in the Niger Rep. box ruins a great chance for the Eagles! Still 1 nil to Nigeria.
40- Niger coach Francois Zahoiu orders his players to push up and attack the Nigerian defence. Their double corner kicks not effective
38- Dangerous freekick for Niger. Just sails wide. Ikeme looked to have it covered. Great effort from Niger Rep.
Plenty of anger directed at the Ghanaian referees here! The entire stadium is livid! Looked like a good goal.
36- The Eagles win a throw-in after exchanges of passes and a deflection from the visitors.
CONTROVERSEY HERE! Ahmed Musa receives the ball from a careless back header and scores. Referee says no!
34- The ref denies a goal by Ahmed Musa after a back pass from a Nigerien defender.
33- Obiora Nwankwo breaks an attack but the Nigeriens win a freekick
Anthony Ujah is plying a lonely existence upfront. Totally subdued and dominated by the Nigerien defence.
A cannon of a shot from Sylvester Igboun! Deflected to a corner. Nigeria 1 Niger Rep. 0.
27- Rabiu Ibrahim is totally world class toady! Fabulous 35 metre pass to an overlapping Chima Akas! Freekick Nigeria. Comes to nothing.
23- Second yellow card to Niger Rep. They aren’t taking prisoners today! Kenneth Omeruo is also chopped down!
21- A throw-in for Nigeria. And now a freekick after Usman Mohammed was brought down
And the Nigeriens are bent on killing him too. Rabiu is hacked down by an angry Mena player. They can’t take it anymore!
18- Rabiu Ibrahim, long touted to be Austin Okocha’s heir, is staking that claim today. He’s killing Nigeriens everywhere!
17- Niger win a freekick but now a corner after the ball deflected off a Nigerian defender.
16 -The Nigeriens are showing deftness in midfield but no penetration. However, the seem hell bent on smashing Anthony Ujah up!
FACT: Ahmed Musa’s goal is the first OFFICIAL
goal under the tenure of Sunday Oliseh as Super Eagles coach. #NGAvsNIG.
It was close! Keeper got a hand to it. The Eagles rush over to Sunday Oliseh to embrace him.
14′ Skipper Ahmed Musa steps up….AND SCORES!
PENALTY FOR NIGERIA! Anthony Ujah is hacked down. Niger Rep. are protesting furiously!
6′ First yellow card to Niger Republic. The Nigerien chops down Igboun!
4- Rabiu Ibrahim fouled. Freekick to Nigeria
Chima Akas with a peach of a pass to release Anthony Ujah! Defender cuts him off!
2. Musa’s pace almost got a goal for Nigeria
1′ Niger Republic kick off. Game on!
Big cheer for coach Sunday Oliseh as his face shows up on the video screens. He waves back.
Players line up waiting for the dignitaries…
Players leave the pitch in readiness for the dressing rooms. In ten minutes, it’ll be time for action #NGAvsNIG
The Adokiye Amasiemaka Stadium pitch awaits the battle to come.
Super Eagles file out for the pre-game warm up
The Mena of Niger Rep. hit the pitch to warm up under the watchful eye of coach Jacques Zoua.
In case you didn’t know what’s going on….