Published: Sun, June 23, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

AFCON 2019 - Nigeria 1-0 Burundi

AFCON 2019 - Nigeria 1-0 Burundi

The Nigerian gaffer substituted Paul Onuachu for Idion Ighalo.

"But we are aware that at this point, every team wants to establish its supremacy in the first game and so Burundi will not be an easy task".

Nigeria's Super Eagles got off to a winning start at the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, finals after Odion Ighalo came off the bench to score the only goal of an engaging duel at the Alexandria Stadium.

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After missing the last two editions of the Nations Cup, Nigeria make a return to the championship which they last won in 2013 under late Stephen Keshi.

"I want to appeal to Nigerians to be mindful of what they say and try to be patient with this team".

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Fearless and uninhibited, Burundi gave as good as they got in an entertaining first half as they forced Daniel Akpeyi to make two hard saves and hit the crossbar.

The Super Eagles open up their campaign against Burundi who will be partaking in their first-ever continental tournament.

It was an enthralling first half as Nigeria dominated possession and came close to scoring through Ebere Onuachu who headed straight to Burundi's goalkeeper, Jonathan Nahimana.

As the hour mark approached, Rohr took off veteran captain John Obi Mikel and introduced Ahmed Musa, hoping the pace of the wide attacker could unlock the Burundi defence.

The Shanghai Greenland Shenhua striker, formerly of Watford, produced a quality finish just four minutes after entering the field, following Ola Aina's delightful back-heeled pass.

Guinea face Madagascar in the other Group B match later on Saturday.

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