- Libya Slump 4-0 in Asaba
Victor Osimhen’s delightfully executed hat-trick pulled Nigeria’s Olympic Eagles away from the brink of an embarrassing ouster from the African under 23 Nations Cup qualifying series.
The Nation’s Under-23 side were on fire Monday at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba as they zoomed pass hapless Libya into the third round with a comprehensive 4-0 bashing.
Having unexpectedly lost the first leg 2-0 in Tunis, the Coach Imama Amapakabo-tutored side, backed by the vociferous crowd in Asaba, impressively silenced the North Africans and move a step closer to making the list of qualifiers for the Nations cup that will be hosted by Egypt in November this year.
The tension-soaked encounter was inly four minutes old when Osimhen fired Nigeria into an early. It was quite relieving for the fans, coming just few minutes after Samuel Chukwueze’s blinder had hit the woodworks.
With lots of action to thrill the crowd, especially in the Libyans’ vital area, the Eagles however failed to hit the target again as the first 45 minutes ended with the lone goal lead.
Twenty-two minutes after the resumption of hostilities in the second half, Osimhen was again on target in the 67th minute and thereafter completed his hat-trick harvest with the third strike in the 81st minute. The goal was a clinical finish from a beautifully executed pass by Chidebere Nwakali.
The day ended happily for Nigeria as David Okereke scored Nigeria’s fourth goal to put the game beyond the visitors in the 90th minute of play
Pleased with the resounding besting of the Libyans, many fans were upbeat that despite not having adequate time to blend with the team, the boys drafted from Super Eagles into the Under-23 side were up to the task of rescuing Nigeria from the 2-0 deficit to make the next round of the competition.
Nigeria now has a third round encounter against either Kenya or Sudan before landing safely in Egypt for the tournament. That match is scheduled to hold between June 3 and 11, 2019.