Nigeria Goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa saved a penalty against Benin Republic to help deliver the Eagles a 2018 CHAN ticket on Saturday in Kano.
With the Eagles leading 2-0, Defender Steven Eze was penalized for handling the ball inside the box and Ezenwa came face to face, again with Seibou Mama.
2018 CHAN Qualifiers.
FT: Nigeria 2-0 Benin Republic.
We are through to Kenya 2018 via 2-1 goals aggr. victory. #SoarSuperEagles.
— Nigeria Super Eagles (@NGSuperEagles) August 19, 2017
FC Ifeanyiubah of Nnewi goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa was carried shoulder high by soccer fans in Kano, following his heroics for the home-based Eagles in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Benin Republic, which ensured Nigeria qualified for next year’s Championship of African Nations (CHAN) in Kenya.
With a penalty saved by Ezenwa to keep a clean slate on the evening, he became the undisputed hero, as the Eagles beat The Squirrels at Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano, to qualify 2-1 on aggregate, having overturned a 1-0 first leg defeat in Cotonou a week earlier.
Goals from Kano Pillars midfielder, Rabiu Ali and Lobi Stars striker, Kingsley Eduwo in the 22nd and 47th minutes sealed a deserved victory for the dominant Nigerian side.
However, the Eagles’ qualification hopes seemed in disarray after Stephen Eze handled in the area in the 65th minute, but Ezenwa rose to the occasion, saving the penalty kick from Benin captain, Mama Seibou.
But this time around, the goalkeeper guessed right, leaping to save the Benin Republic Captain’s kick.
Nigeria had turned the 1-0 first-leg result around inside the 47 minutes with goals from Rabiu Ali (22′) and Kingsley Eduwo (47′).
The game eventually ended 2-1 on aggregate and Nigeria qualified for their third African Nations Championship.
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