Ahmed Musa, Chidozie Awaziem and Odion Ighalo were all on target as Nigeria beat the Pirates of Seychelles 3-0 to get their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign back on track.
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr had warned that his charges weren’t on the Island Nation for a holiday, and they set about their task quickly when Musa, skipper on the day, hit a delightful volley that cannoned off the crossbar and went in off the goalkeeper for the opener.
The Pirates are mostly part-timers, and the gulf in class was apparent against the three-time African champions, who wasted numerous opportunities to double their lead.
After Ighalo had rocked the crossbar from a ball over the top, the Eagles got the second in the 34th minute when Keleechi Iheanacho’s low free-kick came off the upright allowing Awaziem to side-foot home.
The Pirates were in damage control mode for most of the second half, limiting the Eagles to half-chances while looking to hit on the break.
Nigeria however got a much deserved third goal in the 57th minute when man-of-the-match, Samuel Kalu was brought down in the box after one of his many slalom runs, with Ighalo making no mistake from the spot.
Substitute Henry Onyekuru saw a header flash wide in the dying stages as the Eagles coasted to their first win of the qualifiers.
Next up for Rohr and his men are the Arab Knights of Libya, who are currently playing a 0-0 draw with South Africa.