Nwakali nets superb free-kick as Olympic Eagles beat Zambia

Nigerian Football News By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 12/11/2019

Kelechi Nwakali scores a spectacular second-half free-kick as Olympic Eagles come from behind to beat Zambia U23 3-1 in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations at Al-Salam Stadium in Egypt on Tuesday night.

Nigeria were stunned by Les Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire in their opener started the encounter from the back foot after RB Salzburg talisman Patson Daka has put the young Chipolopolo upfront 12th minutes into the clash.

Bologna on loan star Orji Okonkwo level it up for the Olympic Eagles four minutes later when he tucks in Ibrahim Sanusi corner kick to make in 1-1.

Former Arsenal attacking midfielder Nwakali made it 2-1 with a well-taken free-kick in the 65th minutes after he was brought down by Banda before Liverpool loanee Taiwo Awoniyi ensure the three maximum point in added time sealed the win with a brilliant finish. 

Olympic Eagles stay second in Group B one point behind South Africa who is their next opponents on Friday, while Zambia battle Ivory Coast on the same day.