The Super Eagles of Nigeria booked their place in the knockout stages of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) following a 3-1 win over Equatorial Guinea at the Stade Adrar in Agadir, Morocco on Tuesday evening, AOIFootball.com can report.
The Home- Based Eagles needed just a draw to progress to the knock out round but fell behind on the halfway mark in Agadir as 17-year-old Nsi Eyama Salvador’s 40th minute header handed Equatorial Guinea a narrow lead at the break.
The Nzalang Nacional, though, were unable to hold onto their advantage as the Super Eagles struck home on three occasions in the second half.
Lobi Stars’ striker, Anthony Okpotu leveled matters for the Super Eagles in the 59th minute with a powerful header from close range following a sustained spell of pressure.
Dayo Ojo duly handed Nigeria the lead in the 69th minute of the match with a thunderous strike from range that left the Equatorial Guinea shot-stopper with no chance.
Substitute Rabiu Ali then made sure of all three points and progression for Nigeria as he converted from the spot in the 83rd minute to condemn their opponents to a third straight defeat.
Salisu Yusuf and his boys will face Group D’s runners-up in Sunday’s quarterfinal fixture at Stade Ibn Batouta, Tangier for a place in the semifinals.