Onyekuru, Nwankwo on Target as Nigeria Down Liberia

Henry Onyekuru and Simeon Nwankwo both scored as Nigeria beat Liberia 2-1 in an international friendly in Monrovia Tuesday.

It was a match to celebrate current Liberian President and former World Player of the Year, George Weah who used the occasion to retire his famous number 14 shirt for Liberia.

The former AC Milan and Chelsea striker featured briefly for Lone Star in the encounter, and his every touch on the ball was hailed with loud roar from the fans at the packed Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium.

Onyekuru, making a start after impressing as a substitute in the 3-0 win over Seychelles, fired the Eagles ahead with a long-range strike after 12 minutes before Nwankwo doubled the lead for the three times Africa champions with a close range header from Oghenekaro Etebo’s corner kick.

A raft of changes at halftime from coach Gernot Rohr changed the tempo of the game a bit, with Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Chidozie Awaziem, Wilfred Ndidi, and Jamilu Collins off for Daniel Akpeyi, Olamilekan Adeleye, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Ebube Duru.

Nwankwo however had the ball in the back of the net in the 61st minute but his goal was ruled out for offside, and the Crotone striker also missed a sitter in the 82nd minute when he failed to hit the target from a cut back from Samuel Kalu.

Liberia however got a consolation goal in the 88th minute when the referee awarded a penalty after Rotherham defender Semi Ajayi was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box.

The victory completes a perfect international break for Nigeria, who return to action in October with the crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya.

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