SFAX, Tunisia -- It was a long and nightmarish northern summer for Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo, who has rebounded to not only top of the scoring list in these Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, but worm his way back into the hearts of Super Eagles fans.
After a dire World Cup campaign, where he was roundly blamed for the defeat to Argentina that saw the Africans crash out of the tournament, he's gone on to score five goals in two qualifier games against Libya.
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Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has praised the effort and quality of his young team after they secured a vital 3-2 road win against Libya in Sfax on Tuesday, thus taking a step closer towards booking their spot at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon next year.
The Super Eagles were missing a number of first-team regulars for the qualifier through injury, notably experienced pair John Obi Mikel and Ogenyi Onazi, and for long periods chased the game, but ultimately secured a double-header victory.
Nigeria took a massive step towards the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday when they defeated Libya 3-2 away to move to the top of Group E.
Despite wrapping up a third straight win to dislodge South Africa at the top of the group, things weren't completely straightforward for the Super Eagles, who threw away a two-goal lead.
Gernot Rohr had to rely on the individual brilliance of Odion Ighalo to get over the line, but will have learned a lot about his side.
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For the second game in a row, Odion Ighalo stole the headlines as Nigeria boosted their hopes of reaching the Africa Cup of Nations with a 3-2 victory over Libya in Sfax.
The Super Eagles hitman followed up on his hat-trick in the first match against the North Africans on Saturday with a double - including a late winner - as Gernot Rohr made it three consecutive qualifying victories.
The three points take Nigeria up to top position in Group E, and in pole position to qualify for Cameroon 2019.