Nigeria defeated Benin Republic 2-1 to begin the 2021 AFCON qualifiers on a winning note.
Newslegend.com.ng’s Izuchukwu Okosi looks at the four takeaways from the Group L match at the GodswillAkpabio Stadium, Uyo.
1. Super Eagles Need A Scoring Strike Partner For Osimhen
Lille striker Victor Osimhen converted a penalty in the first half to restore parity for the Eagles but after that he was not at his imperious best.
The striker had a glorious chance to double his tally in the second half but his effort at the near post was tame and could only win the Eagles a corner as the Benin Republic keeper failed to smother the ball.
Osimhen himself has been vocal of late calling on his teammates to get on the scoring trail and ease the burden on him.
2. Joe Aribo Had No Doubt About Nigeria Choice
Glasgow Rangers FC midfielder Joe Ayodele Aribo made his competitive debut for Nigeria on Wednesday evening and had a decent game.
Very few Nigeria football faithful seem to miss former captain John Mikel Obi since the retirement of the mercurial Mikel and Aribo’s arrival in the Eagles.