The Super Eagles of Nigeria defeated Plateau United 3-0 in a test game preparatory to Sunday’s World Cup qualifier in Zambia with Arsenal star Alex Iwobi getting a brace. Iwobi crowned a superb individual display when in the 54th minute he combined well with Manchester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho to double the Eagles lead.
He fired his second goal on the stroke of full time off a rebound, his father, Chuka, in the stands could not have been prouder.
Gent of Belgium defensive midfielder Anderson Esiti opened scoring in the 36th minute following a fine solo run. Esiti’s fellow holding midfield colleague Shehu Abdullahi was solid for the Eagles. In the second, what looked like the starting XI for Sunday’s match were introduced wholesale with right-back Musa Mohammed the only survivor from the first half.
However, Olympiacos striker Brown Ideye was wasteful in front of the Plateau goal, while Joshua Obaje and Kabiru Umar posted a more assured performance at the other end of the pitch. There were a few slips between Eagles central defenders Kenneth Omeruo and William Troost-Ekong.