Nigeria vs Burundi: Ighalo gives Super Eagles win in opening game

Ahmed Musa celebrates after scoring Super Eagles first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at Volgograd Arena

Ahmed Musa celebrates after scoring Super Eagles first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at Volgograd Arena

The Super Eagles of Nigeria started their campaign at the Africa Cup of Nations on a winning note as they pipped debutants Burundi 1-0 on Saturday.

And this is even without Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho, who was cut from the final squad by manager Gernot Rohr.

Following this win, the Super Eagles will next take on Paul Put's Guinea on June 26, and Mikel wants only the three months against the Syli Nationale.

Nigeria started on the back foot and could have fallen behind after 14 minutes but Daniel Akpeyi pawed away Cedric Amissi's powerful volley.

At the other end, Samuel Chukwueze blazed over from Alex Iwobi's pull-back shortly before the half-hour mark, while an unmarked John Obi Mikel headed wide from six yards soon after.

Akpeyi was also tested by Gael Bigirimana's swerving 30-metre free kick, before a looping Frederic Nsabiyumva header from a set-piece bounced off the top of the crossbar.

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Now for Burundi! One familiar name in the line up, Stoke City striker Saido Berahino will lead the line for the Swallows.

Team news is in!

Olivier Niyungeko's men produced an inspiring performance against Nigeria in what was their first ever Afcon match.

So here we go! "So it was very crucial for us to get these three points today".

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.

According to President Buhari, football is a strong unifying force for Nigerians and the Super Eagles should provide a soothing balm to the many challenges facing the country, which the government is confronting with everything at its disposal.

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