Odion Ighalo netted a brace as Nigeria moved to the brink of Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification with victory over Libya in Sfax.
The Super Eagles are top of Group E with nine points after a hard-fought 3-2 win away to a stubborn Libyan side that made things very difficult for the visitors.
Ademetan Abayomi makes five observations from the match in Sfax
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Leon Balogun’s influence on the national team fading?
Balogun’s future in the national team is also coming under question after a disappointing performance against Libya. He was unable to make a telling contribution and you would have been forgiven for thinking he wasn’t even on the pitch.
There is need for competition for him in his position. He has lost or two yards as a central defender.
With the Brighton & Hove man having a bad game by his high standards in Sfax, is their a place in the Eagles starting line-up anymore for him?
Samuel Kalu isn’t Victor Moses…..yet
At times against Libya it seemed Samuel Kalu was determined to win the game for Nigeria by himself. Like Victor Moses is famed for, Kalu constantly looked to cut in from the wing and shoot on sight.
The 21-year-old was decent in the home game against Libya in Uyo and he terrorised the Mediterranean Knights defence at times, but he needs to become more clinical around the box, and learn to pass to his teamates instead of automatically shooting.
Kalu is a promising talent in the Nigeria squad, but he still has a lot to learn.
Alex Iwobi is a midfield beast
He had a solid performance in the midfield. Iwobi did a solid job of dictating tempo and provided quality link up play between the offense and defense. He proved that he deserves to be a regular starter in the Eagles midfield.
Ahmed Musa has the knack to score and assist
Ahmed Musa is in the form of his life. He proved once again why he is to be trusted by the technical. One goal and an assist proved to be a good day in office for the Al Nassr marquee signing.
Jamilu Collins will be crucial for Nigeria
With Jamilu Collins, Nigeria have a left back who is not only a lot more solid defensively, but also a weapon going forward.
Jamilu Collins’ link up play with Ahmed Musa and Alex Iwobi was undoubtedly one of the positives for coach Gernot Rohr. The Paderborn SC lad now has to be the undoubted starter on the left hand side of defence, even if it means Brian Idowu is relegated to the bench.
Odion Ighalo is born again
He was criticised and called all sorts of names following his poor performance for Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The Changchun Yatai striker has replied his hard core critics with six goals in his last three matches for the three-time African champions, including two last night.
He is born again!