Manchester City starlet Kelechi Iheanacho was the match winner for Nigeria against Mali Friday night in a friendly played in Rouen, Fra...
Manchester City starlet Kelechi Iheanacho was the match winner for Nigeria against Mali Friday night in a friendly played in Rouen, France.
Iheanacho smashed home the match winner on 77 minutes just moments after he replaced Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi.
Fellow substitute Michael Babatunde released Iheanacho for the youngster to deliver a cool finish. It was the attacking substitution by coach Salisu that brought some gloss to an otherwise drab affair.
The caretaker coach brought on Babatunde, Umar Aminu and Brown Ideye in place of Moses Simon, Oghenekaro Etebo and Ighalo, before he added Ikeanacho in the mix.
Nigeria lined up a very young starting XI that include Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi and debutant Musa Mohammed.
The game started at a slow pace under a nice weather before a scanty crowd. There was not much to choose between the two teams in a half that offered very little.
Nigeria will play a second friendly on Tuesday against Luxembourg in Luxembourg City.
Eagles starting XI: Carl Ikeme – Musa Mohammed, Kingsley Madu, Leon Balogun, Troost-Ekong – Ogenyi Onazi (Captain) (Raheem Lawal), Shehu Abdullahi, Moses Simon (Michael Babatunde) , Alex Iwobi (Kelechi Iheanacho) - Oghenekaro Etebo (Umar Aminu), Odion Ighalo (brown Ideye)