By Izuchukwu Okosi

Nigeria’s Super Eagles got off to a perfect start under the reins of new German coach Gernot Rhor as the team
defeated Tanzania 1-0 Saturday evenning at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyoin their dead-rubber 2017
Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

Manchester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho who was deployed as the Eagles playmaker scored the only goal of the game
in the 78th minute from a powerful shot after the Taifa Stars had defended strongly especially by the impressive
goalkeeper.

Egypt had already won the sole ticket for the bi-annual tournament following the withdrawal of Chad from the
qualication series but the coach opted to assemble a strong team with an eye on the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifers
which begins in October with an opening away fixture for Nigeria against Zambia.
The Eagles dominated possession for the entire part of the match but couldn’t convert the many goal scoring chances
that came their way.

Most culpable was Odion Ighalo, Victor Moses and even match winner Iheanacho who failed to open the floodgate of
goals in the first half as their attempted shot went wide the post.