Wednesday Aug 31, 2016. 20:04
Nigeria’s Super Eagles beat premier league club Akwa United 3-0 in a test game before Saturday’s AFCON qualifier against Tanzania also in Uyo.
An impressive crowd turned up at the equally impressive Akwa Ibom International Stadium to watch the Eagles in action with youngster Victor Osimhen, goalkeeper Ikechuwu Ezenwa and Shehu Abdullahi seeing action, while the likes of Mikel Obi, Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho were rested.
The Eagles under new coach Gernot Rohr won thanks to first half goals by Brown Ideye and Nosa Igiebor with Watford striker odion Ighalo wrapping up the win after the interval.
Franco-German Rohr insisted on the game to ascertain the match fitness of his call-ups for the AFCON dead rubber which will serve as a dress rehearsal for a 2018 World Cup qualifier on October 3 in Zambia.
Nigeria will then welcome Algeria in another Russia 2018 showdown in November.