Yesterday’s match at the Stade Municipal de Saint Leu La Foret, Paris was the Eagles’ last test match before next week’s encounter with South Africa and the Nigerians did not waste time in sending a strong warning to the Bafana Bafana.
Leicester City of England forward, Ahmed Musa opened scores for Nigeria in the third minute when Togo’s goalkeeper, Allassani spilled Alex Iwobi’s fierce cross along his path.
Rohr gave an inkling of his desire to win the game when he lined up the midfielders and attackers likely to play against South Africa on June 10. In the starting line up were Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Shehu Abdullahi, Elderson Echiejile, who captained the team, Mikel Agu, Chidozie Awaziem, William Troost-Ekong, Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo.
Nigeria dominated the first half with Ndidi, Etebo, Iwobi and Iheanacho running rings around the Sparrow Hawks. Iheanacho missed what should have been the second goal when he shot an Iwobi pass straight at the goalkeeper, but the Eagles were not to be held back for too long as Musa grabbed his brace seven minutes later when he converted another pas from Iwobi.
Nigeria took the game beyond Togo in the 27th minute when Etebo robbed Allasani of the ball and squared for Iheanacho to tap in. Changes in the second half that saw the introduction of Victor Osimhen, Henry Onyekuru, Uche Agbo, Ebuehi, Alampasu, Stephen Odey, Sikiru Olatunbosun and Alhassan tempered the flow of the game, but the Eagles held on to record yet another victory over Togo.