He was the villain in the build-up to Nigeria’s opening 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Ndola, for allegedly feigning an injury which kept him out of the game, but against Algeria at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, he turned up in style and he was all the Algerians had to worry about.
Chelsea’s pacy winger Victor Moses, scored a brace inbetween a Mikel Obi strike to put the game beyond Algeria and take Nigeria four points clear to the summit of the group.
Moses scored the opening goal after 24 minutes, before skipper, John Obi Mikel made it two in the 42nd minute, after finding himself one on one with the Algerian goalkeeper, thanks to poor defending from Aissa Mandi.
In the second half, Nabil Bentaleb pulled one back from almost 35 yards out, but Moses showed up again, when he found himself free on the left, to slot into the net.
The Super Eagles gave a great account of their 50th home World Cup qualifier in the tough encounter.
The Algerians who had earlier held to a 1-1 draw at home on matchday 1 of the qualifiers by Cameroon,were desperate not to lose in the encounter but their Nigerian foes carried the day.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari congratulated the team after its outstanding 3-1 victory.
In a statement by his special adviser, media, Femi Adesina, the president commended the team and its handlers for displaying uncommon strength, determination and high professionalism in the onward and steady progress to the 2018 tournament in Russia.
“With six points in our kitty from two impressive wins, I assure you that the Federal Government and, indeed, all Nigerians will continue to support you to make the nation proud. I am proud of you.”
The president also commended the Akwa-Ibom State government for hosting the match and the fans for their good conduct.
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