Published: Thu, June 27, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Nigeria first qualifiers for Cup of Nations second round

Nigeria first qualifiers for Cup of Nations second round

The Super Eagles qualified for the next stage after a Kenneth Omeruo strike gave them a 1-0 victory over Guinea, taking their points tally to six in Group B.

The Eagles continued to press for the opener and duly got the opening goal which proved to be the winning goal from an unlikely source, Omeruo, in the 73rd minute.

The 22-year-old, however, called on Nigerians back home not to relent in their support for the team as they will continue to work hard and ensure they make the country proud in Egypt. Wilfred Ndidi, in particular, put in a couple of crunching tackles on his fellow Premier League midfielder, with hearts in the mouths of Liverpool fans with each one that went by.

Keita's underwhelming return came to an end in the 71st minute when he was replaced by Lass Bangoura, and Guinea's resistance was broken moments later - Omeruo glancing a header into the far corner after connecting with Simon's delivery.

"Every first game in a tournament is very hard, the most important thing is that we have the three points", Musa said.

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Although the Super Eagles are not guaranteed to finish first, they are certain of a top-two finish and a place in the next round.

Looking at this group before the tournament, you'd have found it hard to argue against Nigeria and Guinea cruising through.

Super Eagles' Vice Captain, Ahmed Musa has declared that his fully fit for Wednesday's game against Guinea after being forced to the bench in the opening match against Burundi on Saturday.

Subscribe to Squawka's Youtube channel here. But games aren't won on paper, and goals aren't scored just because they "should" be. According to reports, the players were still owed their win bonus after the match against Burundi. - Guinea are winless in their last seven games at the Africa Cup of Nations (D5 L2), their longest streak in their history.

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