Madagascar vs Nigeria (LIVE UPDATES): Mikel returns for Super Eagles

NIGERIA: Super eagles [PHOTO CREDIT: NFF twitter handle]
Super eagles [PHOTO CREDIT: NFF twitter handle]

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are set for their last group game at the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The three-time Africa champions will be up against debutants Madagascar at the Alexandria Stadium this Sunday evening.

With the qualification to the Round of 16 already secured, Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr has rested several players against Madagascar.

The Franco-German already has an eye on the round of 16 clash against the third-placed team in Group A/C/D or the runner up in Group F next weekend.

Only six players from the last game against Guinea have kept their places in the starting line-up for Sunday’s tie.

The biggest news ahead of the Madagascar duel is the return of influential midfielder John Obi Mikel to the Eagles starting line up

Mikel who started the group opener vs Burundi on June 22 was relegated to the bench for the Guinea game but he is back to lead the team.

Sunday’s encounter will be Nigeria’s 89th match at the Africa Cup of Nations, from which they have won 47, drawn 22 and lost 19.

Stay with PREMIUM TIMES for the live updates.

Kick off is 5.00 p.m.

Super Eagles Starting XI: Ezenwa; Aina, Balogun, Ekong, Awaziem; Ogu, Etebo, Mikel; Kalu, Ighalo, Musa

Kick off.. Super Eagles get the game started

Slow start by both teams

Free kick for Nigeria as Ighalo is brought down

Musa takes the free kick but it is over the bar

Another free kick for Nigeria as Mikel is brought down

12 minutes played… Madagascar 0-0 Nigeria

Goal for Madagascar..

Error by Leon Balogun gifts Madagascar the lead

Nigeria trying to get a quick equaliser

Balogun looking out of sort as Madagascar are looking at doubling their lead

Samuel Kalu with an attempt but its way off target

Madagascar come close again but Nigeria escape the scare

Big miss.. Musa fluffs a good chance

Corner kick for Madagascar.. Poor one there

Samuel Kalu brought down by the Madagascar captain and freekick for Nigeria

Etebo takes it for Nigeria but no troubles for Madagascar

Save by the 25 year old Madagascar keeper

One minutes added time

The Super Eagles are trailing 1-0

Half Time… Madagascar 1-0 Nigeria

Second half already underway

Ezenwa dashes out for a quick save as Madagascar start the second half brightly

Aina’s effort goes straight into the hands of the Madagascar goalkeeper

This is the first time Madagascar has scored against Nigeria in four games


Madagascar double their lead

Ndidi deflects the Madagascar free kick into the net

Ndidi with an effort but the Madagascar keeper makes a save

Ezenwa saves Nigeria.. As Madagascar come close again

Mikel pulled out as Alex Iwobi takes his place.. That is the second Substitution for Nigeria as Ndidi had taken the place of John Ogu

Ndidi with a miss-kick.. Chance missed by Nigeria

The Madagascar captian has been substituted

Free kick for Nigeria. Etebo’s effort off the mark

Game temporarily halted as a Madagascar player is being treated

Pascal Razak stretched out for Madagascar… And Manny brought in as a replacement

Also coach Gernot Rohr has brought in Moses Simon for Samuel Kalu

The Super Eagles get their fifth corner kick but Madagascar clear

75 minutes gone…. Madagascar 2-0 Nigeria

Aimless shot by Etebo…

Alex Iwobi balloons the ball into the high heavens

Three minutes added time

Full Time.. Madagascar 2-0 Nigeria


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