By Emmanuel Okogba
How Nigeria lined up
Okoye returns a number 1, Chidozie Awaziem starts at right back and Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun partner in the heart of defence, while Jamiu Collins.
The midfielder is made up of Joe Aribo, Frank Onyeka and and Ahmed Musa while there’s a three pronged attack of Victor Osimhen, Moses Simon and Kelechi Iheanacho.
*Nigeria enjoying a larger share of possession but no break through yet
*23rd Min: CAR player Jospin Gaopandia gets booked for a foul on Frank Onyeka
*28th Min: Nigeria doing most of the playing and find the back of the net through defender Leon Balogun 1-0, his first international goal
* Super Eagles have CAR pegged in their half as it enters the 34th minute
*34th Min Substitution for CAR, Georgino M’Vondo replaced by Isaac Ngoma
*39th Min: Nigeria gets a free kick from outside the right side of CAR’s 18 yard box after a foul on Moses Simon.
*44th Min: Second booking for CAR’s Isaac Ngoma for a foul on goal scorer, Leon Balogun
*45th Min: Osimhen scores! CAR 0- Nigeria 2
* 45th Min: Ahmed Musa kicks-off as Nigeria gets us on the way in the second half
*50th Min: Ahmed Musa is put through but attempts to square the ball to Osimhen which fails to reach the Napoli forward.
*52nd Min: Frank Onyeka booked for a foul just outisde Nigeria’s 18-yard box
*53rd Min: Substitution for CAR, Axel Urie replaced by Karl Namnganda
*56th: Osimhen beats the goalkeeper but misses a glorious chance to double his tally and Nigeria’s.
*66th Min: Moses Simon attempts to set up Osimhen but his effort is deflected for a corner kick. Chidera Ejuke replaces Ahmed Musa.
*69th Min: CAR player swings in a corner but it’s headed out by Victor Osimhen
*73rd Min: Double substitution for Nigeria, Kenneth Omeruo replaces Leon Balogun while Bonke Innocent replaces kelechi Iheanacho
*78th Min: A brilliant solo effort by Chidera Ejuke is saved by the goalkeeper and earns Nigeria a corner kick.
*86th Min: Another brilliant run by Ejuke and he passes to Osimhen whose effort at goal fly horribly high over the goalpost.
*Additional time is 3 minutes
FULL TIME: CAR 0 Nigeria 2