Brighton & Hove Albion defender Leon Balogun was an unused substitute as Nigeria began their 2019 African Cup of Nations campaign with a 1-0 win over tournament debutants Burundi in Group B this (Saturday) evening.
Second-half substitute Odion Ighalo netted what proved to be the winner on 77 minutes. The ex-Watford forward produced a fabulous curled finish after a delicious back-heel from defender Ola Aina.
Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr elected to start Udinese’s William Troost-Ekong and Chelsea’s Kenneth Omeruo in the centre-half positions ahead of Balogun.
Guinea face Madagascar, also tournament debutants, in the the other Group B fixture at 9pm this (Saturday) evening.
Nigeria now face Guinea on Wednesday (3.30pm k.o.).