The Super Eagles of Nigeria began their 2018 World Cup qualification campaign with a 2-1 win over the Chipopolo of Zambia. Here are four things we learned from the encounter;
1. Iwobi And Iheanacho Are The Future
It has been ages since Nigeria had a truly young frontline but in Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho, we have two twenty-year-old players who are true hot prospects.
Iwobi scored a brace in Nigeria's friendly against Plateau United and Iheanacho scored again for the Eagles following his super strike against Tanzania.
If they keep this up, I just might be looking forward to watching the Eagles again.
2. The Super Eagles Defense Is A Mess
There was a time when I thought Kenneth Omeruo was going to become a star but he has hardly lived up to his potential. He put in a disastrous showing yesterday and will receive most of the blame for Zambia's goal.
Save for Troost Ekong, Nigeria could well have played without a backline.
3. Gernot Rohr Is Ticking All The Right Boxes
Newly appointed technical adviser, Gernot Rohr has made a great start to managerial life. Under him, the Eagles look more assured and at times, they were such a joy to watch in Sunday's encounter.
If he can fix that defense, this team will return to glory days in no time.
4. Carl Ikeme Is An Astute Replacement For Enyeama
Vincent Enyeama will go down in history as one of Nigeria's greatest goalkeepers and his retirement last year nearly gave me a heart attack. However, Carl Ikeme has proved equal to the task since getting called up to the team by Sunday Oliseh.
He put in another immense shift, keeping Nigeria in the match despite our defense.