Nnamdi Oduamadi scored a hat-trick.
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 hat-trick 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 flood gate 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 a 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 in the game produced yet another result when Oduamadi set up Musa for a long chase. Musa’s pass into the area met Oduamadi who had just the goalkeeper to beat to record his second and Nigeria’s third on 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 Jonathan Taheau reduced the deficit 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.