The Super Eagles began their 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers on a flying note after a 2-0 win over Chad.
Super Eagles beat Chad 2-0 in qualifying opening match
The Super Eagles of Nigeria beat Chad 2-0 in their opening match of the 2017 African Nations Cup qualifying series
Stephen Keshi's boys were held to a 0-0 draw in the first half but a goal each from Gbolahan Salami and Odion Ighalo sealed an ultimately comfortable win in Kaduna.
The game started on a slow note as the Super Eagles looked to settle in to the game.
The boys from Chad were however ready to match their Nigerian counterparts and got their first corner kick in the 10th minute which did not really trouble the Super Eagles.
Chad threatened again in the 17th minute as they created pandemonium in the Eagles defence.
Yassi Mahamat tormented the Nigerian defence before the ball was cleared out of danger.
Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama was forced to save a goal-bound effort which would have given Chad the lead.
The Super Eagles came out more purposeful in the second half and almost took the lead in the 52nd minute.
After a foul on Salami, Aaron Samuel curled a freekick around the wall which hit the upright and bounced to safty.
A few minutes later they got their first as Salami fired a thunderous shot with a half volley.
The Super Eagles doubled their lead in the 78th minute with a penalty from Ighalo who was a 68th minute substitute.
After being fouled, the Watford of England striker picked himself up to convert the penalty.
Meanwhile Ogneyi Onazi was shown the red card for an off-the ball incident.