The wide gulf between Nigeria and Tahiti was evident Monday night as the Super Eagles cruised to a 6-1 victory despite a flurry of missed chances.
A historical hattrick for Italy-based Nnamdi Oduamadi, a brace from Elderson Echiejile and an own goal saw the African champions get their campaign off to a flying start.
The floodgate of goals was let loose for the Eagles as early as the 5th minute when left back, Echiejile saw his shot deflected into the net by Tahiti defender.
Oduamadi made it two for Nigeria in the tenth minute after getting onto a ball from Ahmed Musa inside the area.
In the 15th minute, Musa went close to making it three but too many touches on the ball by the pacey forward denied him the chance to go on the score sheet.
The Eagles dominance of the game produced yet another result when Odumadi set up Musa for a long chase to hit in a pass into the area that met Odumadi who had just the goal keeper to beat to record his second and Nigeria’s third of the night.
Tahiti came strongly in the second half and were rewarded with their first goal in their maiden appearance in a football tournament as Johnatan Taheau reduced the defict to 3-1.
From then on, it was Nigeria all the way as Echiejile and Oduamadi were back to add to their tally and an own goal from Taheau saw proceedings end 6-1 in favour of Nigeria.
Nigeria faces Uruguay in their next game.