Iheanacho’s goal gives Eagles 1-0 win over Mali

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  –   striker Kelechi Iheanacho on Friday opened his senior international goalscoring account in just his third appearance give the Eagles a 1-0 win over .

ended a run of four without a win in the victory through a 77th minute goal in the friendly international played in Rouen, .

The Eagles had failed win since beating 4-1 in January and they were kept frustrated for much of the game by the side coached by Alain Giresse.

The Eagles showed they were missing a number of key first-team for the game, with Victor Moses having asked be left out due fitness worries.

Team Mikel Obi also joined Ahmed Musa for former defender Joseph Yobo’s testimonial match in .

lack of extra quality told in a match short on excitement throughout, with Watford striker Odion Ighalo missing perhaps the best chance.

Musa Muhammed, making his debut at 19, came close to the deadlock in a first half on quality, with Ighalo spurning the only other presentable scoring chance.

Another bright run Muhamed shortly before the hour mark saw ’s defence carved apart, but his cross was hacked clear and the threat once more came to nothing.

Coach Salisu Yusuf then introduced Iheanacho for Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi in a bid to add some spark to proceedings, and the man did just what was expected.

He scored close range after Michael Babatunde found him in space in the area.

Iheanacho later saw a late effort blocked, but held on for a morale-boosting victory ahead of facing Luxembourg for a friendly match on Tuesday.(NAN)