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Updated: Ighalo’s late goal saves Nigeria against hard fighting Burundi at AFCON 2019

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Updated: Ighalo’s late goal saves Nigeria against hard fighting Burundi at AFCON 2019

The Super Eagles of Nigeria needed a late goal from substitute Odion Ighalo to claim a 1-0 victory over a stubborn and hard fighting Burundi side playing their first-ever match at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Saturday.

Ighalo was set free by Ola Aina’s clever flicked pass and side-footed the ball past Burundi goalkeeper Jonathan Nahimana in the 77th minute, four minutes after coming on in the opening Group B match of the ongoing AFCON 2019 in Egypt.

It was tough on Burundi who refused to be overawed and enjoyed slightly the better of the first half with Frederic Nsabiyumva heading against the crossbar from a set-piece.

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Nigeria took control after halftime but were struggling to create chances until Aina’s moment of inspiration finally unlocked the Burundi defence.

 

 

Reuters

 

 

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