Onuachu scores 1st Super Eagles' goal in 1-0 win over Egypt

Super Eagles By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 26/03/2019

Paul Onuachu scores his first goal for Super Eagles of Nigeria in the 1-0 win over Pharaohs of Egypt in an international friendly game at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba on Tuesday night.

The 24-year-old FC Midtjylland striker making his first start for three-time African Champions he among the five change German tactician Gernot Rohr made from 2019 Afcon final group four days ago.

It took only 10 seconds of play for Onuach who only made his debut in the team during the clash against Seychelles last Friday to score a stunner what would be the matchwinner against Javier Aguirre’s men - hosts of the Afcon finals in June.

The game restarted with both sides taking turns in dominating proceedings, but they lacked the cutting edge as aptly shown when Mostafa Mohamed headed well high from a good delivery on the half-hour mark.

Alex Iwobi outsmarted an Egyptian defender but shot tamely at Gennesh, which was the final meaningful action of the opening 45 minutes.

Ikechukwu Ezenwa was called into action before the restart, replacing Akpeyi who was rarely tested in the first half.

The first real chance of the second half went to Onuachu who could have done better to double Nigeria’s lead with a header - off Simon’s right-wing free-kick - on the hour mark.

Five minutes later, Ogu - who played with elegance at the base of the midfield - went down on the turf with a perceived hamstring problem, paving the way for Semi Ajayi’s introduction.

Ezenwa produced a double save - the first a stunning one - to keep Nigeria ahead in the game as Egypt sought to find a response to an early setback.

 Although no other goal was scored, both sides battled each other and produced a very entertaining encounter under the floodlights of the Stephen Keshi Stadium.

Both teams have already qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations billed to kick off on June 21st, and the game in Asaba was part of preparations ahead of the tournament.