L-R: Striker Patrick Kaddu scored his historic second goal for Uganda and team mates congratulate Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo
But for the 77th min goal from second half substitute Odion Ighalo, Nigeria Super Eagles would have been left with a goalless draw in their match in Alexandra with Burundi, the lowest-ranked side at the tournament.
In fact, if Burundi goal bound strike through defender Frederic Nsabiyumva’s looping header in the first half had not hit the crossbar in the first half, Nigeria would have in all probability had either lost or drew the match. Oghalo’s introduction was Gernot Rohr’s killer punch.
With their hard worn victory, Super Eagles joined host Egypt which won the tournament’s opening game with Zimbabwe, 1-0 on Friday and Uganda, which recorded their first Africa Cup of Nations with a stunning victory in 41 years as they beat DR Congo 2-0 in their Group A match.