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CHAN 2016: Eagles Demolish Niger To top Group C

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Nigeria got off to a blistering start at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) with a 4-1 demolition of Niger Republic at the Stade Régional Nyamirambo in Kigali, on Monday evening.

A hat-trick from Chisom Chikatara and a fine finish from Osas Okoro fired Sunday Oliseh’s side to the top of Group C.

After a much contested first half with both teams being poor at the front, Osas Okoro put the Eagles in front just 30 seconds into the second half, with a beautiful volley from close range.

Scorer turned supplier in the 75th minute as Okoro pulled a delightful cross to substitute Chisom Chikatara, who calmly chested down the ball before firing a thunderous strike into the top right corner.

Niger pulled one back in the 81st minute through substitute Adebayo with arguably the goal of the game to give the Menas a lifeline, but Chikatara doubled the Eagles lead one minute later as he tapped home a well-placed pass again from Osas Okoro to the delight of the Nigerian bench.

Chikatara almost added a third in the 84th minute but he flashed his effort well wide after a nice piece of play to beat his marker.

But the Abia Warriors man completed his hat-trick in the 92nd minute with a cool finish from close range, as he was awarded the man of the match.

Sunday Oliseh’s side now tops Group C ahead of Tunisia and Guinea who played to a 1-1 draw earlier on in the day.

The Super Eagles will be looking to win the tournament as one of the favourites after a third place finish in 2014.