Red-Hot Ighalo Bags Hat Trick, Kalu Strikes As Rampant Eagles Maul Libya 4-0

Red-Hot Ighalo Bags Hat Trick, Kalu Strikes As Rampant Eagles Maul Libya 4-0

By Johnny Edward in Uyo:
Odion Ighalo bagged a hat-trick as the Super Eagles thrashed Libya 4-0 in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo on Saturday, reports.


The win saw the Super Eagles move to second position in the Group E with six points behind South Africa who defeated Seychelles 6-O in the other group’s fixture amass seven points. The Mediterranean Knights of Libya drop to the third position, while Seychelles are bottom after losing all three games they have played.

Ighalo opened scoring for the Super Eagles from the spot in the fourth minute.

The Changchun Yatai of China striker was upended in the box by the Libyan goalkeeper and he cooly sloted the resultant penalty into the net.

Libya dominated proceedings afterwards and came close to getting the equaliser in the 21st minute but Francis Uzoho made a brilliant save to deny them.

Wilfred Ndidi came close to getting Nigeria’s second goal, but his header from Oghenekaro Etebo’s free-kick went inches wide.

Samuel Kalu wasted another glorious opportunity for the Super Eagles nine minutes before the break.

Libya took the game to the Super Eagles after the break but couldn’t find a way past the defence.

Ighalo got his second of the game in the 57th minute dribbling past the goalkeeper before finding the net after he was teed up by Alex Iwobi.

He got his hat-trick in the 68th converting home after he was set up by Ahmed Musa.

Kalu added the fourth goal on the stroke of 90 minutes with a sublime effort from outside the box


  • Ethan 4 months ago

    Where are the igalo haters?

    • For me Ighalo is too emotional for a striker. At very crucial times this is not an attribute a good striker should have. Especialy in very difficult matches when a striker needs to use his head more. That is why Kanu became a legend.

  • Here we are, hope he scores in the world cup and not against African minors.
    congrats Ighalo, but we still need finishers, clinical finishers in the mold of Yekini, Aghahowa Obagoal.
    Well done guys.

    • Chima E Samuels 4 months ago

      You have said it all my brother let this guy give Isaac the chance to grow into another Aghawonder, Obagoal or Yekini Ighalo has failed at the big stage where it matters and even his first half performance today still tells he hasn’t changed a bit iwobi and Musa deliveries was too easy to score I bet against South Africa we will see the real flop at work again! But he proves me wrong as I would wish for him to turn a new leaf then I will be the happiest man on earth for real. True talk as this are my views without opposing thoughts

  • Oakfield 4 months ago

    Wow…so original goals can be made in China. I think he’s found his scoring He’s got his confidence back. @etan, nobody hates him. The secret behind his superb performance today was bcos of the criticisms he received from all quarters of the country most esp here on csn. He had that consciousness that Nigerians were losing patience with him as a result of his poor performance.Now,I believe the team has a deadly line of attack with lots of potential scoring options. Nice one boys.

    • Chima E Samuels 4 months ago

      No Isaac success has pushed him to his limit bro because Nigerians are on the coaches neck unlike before but he has to score goals against South Africa and a decent team before we can accept him as our Aghahowa who is always clinical!

  • Austin 4 months ago

    The midfield needs kelechi nwakali. I hope he returns soon. He’s skillful, attack minded and a scorer too. I still remember our friendly with athletico Madrid at uyo before the world cup. How clinical passes and confidence would definitely add something to this current team. Up super eagles.

    • PapaFem 4 months ago

      @Kelechi Nwakali? To do what? I think Iwobi did superbly well today. He gave life to that team especially when initiating attack. No sane coach will drop Iwobi for Kelechi right now.

    • We need a second and third number 10 in case of injury or suspension or even loss of form. And to provide competition for places in the starting lineup. There are quite a few ahead of Nwakali, who by the way did not take the opportunity handed to him against Liberia.

      I would put Eberechi Eze (QPR), Abdul Ajagun (Kortjik) and James Igbekeme (Real Zaragoza) ahead of Nwakali at this time. All have played twice as many matches as Kelechi this season so far. Nwakali cannot even cement a regular starting position with his club and has not featured for his club in 6 weeks (not on bench, not in match day squads since 1st of September).

  • Shege luzzy 4 months ago

    Success has many brothers but this time not isaac success. Nice one ighalo but we hope this performance is not a flash because we have been made to believe that made in China nor dey last.

  • Prince 4 months ago

    Ighalo…well done for putting a smile on the face of Nigerians but most especially for a coach that had his faith in you !
    The rest of the SE players ….Welldone!
    Coaching crew … Welldone 
    NFF Welldone 
    Nigerians … Congrats !!

    Pls…I beg SE….finish the job in the next leg….just get the 3 points…and the mission is well accomplished!!

    God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Chairmanfemi 4 months ago

    Ighalo shoot issa goal. Am still waiting for one silly write up from Omo9ja. Let see what he has to say this time. The most annoying player for me today was Samuel Kalu……So selfish, so stingy. I hope he will be corrected on that. Overall performance was great most especially in the second half….Thanks to The Star boy ‘Alex Iwobi’. He breathed life into the match

    • Bomboy 4 months ago

      Thought I was the only one that noticed Kalu’s selfishness. Ironically, the goal he scored was the result of the hard work and team play from Onyekuru and others.

      • Chima E Samuels 4 months ago

        Kalu has the speed just that he needs to develop his game more rather than letting the pressure over hype him because he is over rated!

  • matsho 4 months ago

    I hope Ighalo has learnt from the past.Keep working hard and believe more in yourself.You can still win the support of the volatile Nigeria fans.Another goal on Tuesday will make Nigerians to believe in you once again.Our major problem in attack is the lack of cohesion in our midfield. Once our midfielders start getting it right ,I believe goals will come as we experienced it in the second half today.
    Not yet a huru,Tuesday is another day.Congrat Eagles!

  • Congrats Nigeria. Congrats SE. And special congrats to Ighalo on his hat trick.

    Guys, please nobody hates Ighalo, even though some have been more harshly critical than others. Truth is, before now, majority of Nigerians generally were getting impatient with him. Were they being unfair and bullying him? Not necessarily.

    They were simply trying to hold him up to the standard of past SE players that have worn the Number 9 shirt, and Ighalo kept coming short over and over again. From Yekini to Aghahowa to Agali, Nigeria’s Number 9 shirt wearer was a feared name in Africa.

    But whenever other African teams analyse SE, they rarely mention Ighalo. It’s often Musa, Moses, Mikel, Iwobi, and maybe Kelechi. Hardly Ighalo.

    Hopefully, he’s now coming into his own. I think it’s the Isaac Success factor. The fear of losing the competition for his shirt

    So, it’s a good thing Rohr is bringing serious competition for all the positions now e.g Ighalo/Success, Mikel/Iwobi, Kalu/Simon, Idowu/Collins, Musa/Onyekuru, Shehu/Aina/Ebuehi.

    We need it for the goalkeeping department and the Oyinbo wall too. I mean quality competition.

    • Gboyega 4 months ago

      I strongly disagree this had anything to do with Isaac. I think one thing we gladly fail to realise is that you want Ighalo to be a miracle worker, to make something out of nothing. Pls go and check, anytime Ighalo doesnt score, its always a lack of sync in the midfield area, give him one half of a good support, he’ll deleiver. Rather than blame the individual, blame the system.  France won the world cup without Gioud scoring one goal. When was the last time you saw a nigerian mid field this coehsive? To me, Iwobi seem to be the heart of this SE team. 

  • _ Feed Ighalo…. _

    I don’t know who to be happy for the most: Coach Rohr who stubbornly kept faith with Ighalo or Ighalo who banished the ghost of his ghastly miss against Argentina to warm his way back to the heart of fans with his hat trick today and all round convincing performance.

    I am happy for both of them. I am also happy for my fellow fans who have started dreaming of Nigerian flag flying in Cameroon next year after 4 year AFCON wilderness.

    Well, we are not there yet but we are getting closer.

    If Ighalo can score not just one, two but three, I take that to be a premonition of good things to come!

    His goals had the hallmarks of made-in-china with Libya’s clumsy goalkeeper, hopeless high-line and a disjointed defence; Ighalo was in familiar territory.

    Take nothing away from him today as the ex-Watford man was full of endeavour.

    This is a man who scored just 2 goals less the Riyadh Mahres in the 2015/16 English Premier League season.

    Are we about to see the emergence of the Watford/Changchun Yatai Ighalo in Nigeria colours? That, I would love to see….

  • When there are creativity in midfielder, then there to be goals. Rohr is too conservative for not giving Iwobi no 10 role since even though we all have been demanding so but I’m happy he finally do so.ighalo plays well when supported by Iwobi instead of iheanacho. The team should now focus on cohesion and less individual play.

  • I recall Vanpasie when he was struggling with injuries he hardly completes a season without being sidelined. But the moment chamark came in VP was suddenly awakens to go a complete season in arsenal colors. The idea of knowing you have a competition on the bench keeps you on your toes. Ighalo has been almost comfortable playing as our only option for sometime hence the poor run of games. The idea of Ihenacho and Success replicating their partnership that was a huge success at the u17 level to the senior team will push any striker to up his game or loses his place completely.
    The future is bright and as for our long lost and forgotten number 10 may just had been found. Even against South Africa that we lost to Iwobi was not suppose to play as a winger but he was made to we lost the game in the end. I believe the coaching crew has learnt some valuable lesson from that game which was evident today. Big up boys keep the momentum get the job done not Tripoli but in South Africa please do it emphatically too they have always been our punching bag it’s time to take them where they belong, at the back seat.

  • Omo9ja 4 months ago

    Firstly, I give glory to God that 3 points already in our pocket now. Thank you God.

    Secondly, the word hate is “huge” Nigerians do not hates Ighalo and would never hates any player. All will are saying here is, NFF and Coach Rohr needs to get things right.

    Thirdly, continuity and equality in the team must be installed in Eagles team. Substitution, Sir Rohr got it right today. I hope he continues this way from now on.

    Ighalo….. Ighalo….Ighalo….., congratulations to you my man. You done very well. We have been thirsty for your goals since your day one in Green and White Green Colour.

    My advice to you again, don’t relents much on your efforts and take this new spirit with you wherever you go and never satisfied for your “victory” that is the spirit and the secret of Messi, Ronaldo and every successful person in life.

    When the pressure was high on you, you looking to God and he has answered you. You did very great today and I hailed you and so as every Nigerian but if you performed below our expectations, we tell you to buckled up.

    All eyes will be on you on tuesday, keep your head cool and do your thing.
    Every Nigerian do not want you to score goals in every five years but when ever you put on the Nigeria Colour, we wants you to score goals.

    A big lesson to be learned here. Criticisms brings best out of you if you know how to conquer it with prayer and self belief.

    For this reason, if someone criticized you, see it as a challenge and in a positive way and correct yourself on it because they see something unique in you.

    If anyone doesn’t criticized you means that you are nothing in life and you need to be prayerful because they have giving up on you.

    So therefore, criticisms is not hate, or heaviness but it good for every human being to move from low level to the greater heights.

    Lastly, my message to the coach Rohr.
    Do not going for a draw against Libya in Tunisia on tuesday. You did the same thing against Cameroon an away match in Cameroon. The match ended 1-1.

    Sir Rohr have no choice but to have self confidence in himself. However, before the Cameroon match, Oga Rohr openly said that he only needed 4 points against Indomitable lions of Cameroon and the four points almost gave Zambia an opportunity to qualified to Russia.

    Now, he have said it again before the Libya match that he only needed four points which to me is a bad idea.

    We don’t need a draw on Tuesday, say it confidently to your troops that you needs 6 points not 4 points against Libya and they have to get it for you to stand a chance to qualify to the Afcon.

    South Africa won’t pray for Nigeria to win the away match. The match is very important for us. Sir Rohr please change your thinking, this is the time the Eagles needed you most. ORO “MIKOMAYE OLOGBAN”.

    Meaning, “I’m talking to people who can reasons in a positive way without sentiments”.

    Once again, nobody hates nobody, we all wants the best for our darling country. Up Nigeria. God bless us all. God bless Nigeria!!

  • Thank you Ighalo for turning a new leaf, and for your sterling performance. This is what we’ve been itching for all along. Some people misconstrue your critiques as hater, which they are not. Your critiques want you to stamp your feet and play your role as a striker. What’s the use of a striker only by nomenclature who can’t deliver on match day? Now that you’ve found your form, keep going and keep refining your approach.
    I wish to specially thank the CSN for creating this forum and for allowing the fans to air their views. This is very useful for the coaches and players alike. The players need people bold enough to hold up a giant mirror before them and say: “Look how you’re playing, tighten up your boots for our football.”

    GR, go to Tunis and play to win. And Ighalo, thanks again and God bless.

    • So called critiques of Ighalo are bunch of 2-faced liars who should Bury their heads in the sand of shame.
      Let me go back and quote some of these so-called critiques who are now born-again Ighalo followers.

      Oakfield 1 week ago:
      Anything made in China is pure fake,nuff said….

      Edoman of New Jersey, USA. 6 days ago:
      It may well be that those Teams Ighalo scored those fantastic goals against have no goal keepers at all.

      Marquis J. 3 months ago:
      Even with a goal ratio of 100 per match, Igalo is done and dusted. Mtcheeeeww! Good riddance to bad rubbish

      Chima E Samuels 3 months ago:
      Complete sport opening our sour pls stop reporting news about Ighalo and Chinese league abeg.

      Mykel 3 months ago
      pLs CSN, I take GOD beg una,i no wan see this guy news again. 5 goals in China is equivalent to 1 in NPFL.

      Uzo:, Abeg don’t underrate NPFL. 1 goal in the Chinese league equals 1 throwing for NPFL

      Frank 3 months ago:
      even you score 50 you are foolish man

      Chima E Samuels 4 months ago
      Ighalo should go and start playing as a defensive midfielder to avoid more insults coz striking is not is thing anymore

      Larey 4 months ago
      You’re spot on.

      Yeye born again liars………..

      • Chima E Samuels 4 months ago

        You again if you follow comments you will not come and start voicing your madness again! I waka pass better start changing for the better and remain consistent like Ighalo. Hahaha

        • Yes, Me again, the voice of your conscience. I will only take your views seriously when I choose to change the medium of my amusement.
          I generally don’t see eye to eye with Dr Drey but I have to admit that his assessment of you as an empty barrel who makes the loudest noise is spot on.
          You come here to slag off players like Iheanacho and Ighalo with venomous utterances only to come come out and say it was constructive criticism when they put you in your rightful place (the bin) with brilliant performances.
          You may be able to fool some of the people some of the time but the person you are fooling all of the time is yourself.
          You always claim wise and wealthy but you are weak in intellect.
          The more you hate Ighalo and Iheanacho, the higher they will sour.
          Mr Millionaire wey no get brains.

          • Chima E Samuels 4 months ago

            Not your fault when you never have manners you will reap whatever you sow at some point in life. All that comes from you is disrespect and lots of smelly habits. Not only that but I sorry for your kids or future kids if you are still single because your kinds will rarely have a spouse to behold with such disgusting and irritating habit. Smh may the grace of God find you if you are a Christian by faith

          • Back to sender in 1 million fold. Rotten millionaire with 0 brains.

      • Kelvin 4 months ago

        I dey laugh dem since as all of dem come be ighalo very good friends

  • #Omo9ja when did Rohr say he needs a draw with Libya? His exact statement are: “we will approach the (Libya) game differently and ensure we record another win. ” Calling a dog a bad name to hang it indeed. You are a born critique. Genuinely commend someone for once. Wetin!!!!!!!!!

    • Chima E Samuels 4 months ago

      Go to UK critics are well paid! And for your matter coach Rohr said he wanted 4 points before the match not until after he has seen that Libya is toothless before he changed is tune but don’t be surprised that in life you get what you cherish so he needs to motivated to aim high always regardless of whatever. Rohr in reality is not above average take it or leave it.

  • I would say well done to ighalo for the 3 goals..but apart from the goals there are still not that killer instinct and decisiveness needed in a DEO said ighalo was quite fortunate as he played against a Chinese league like defence..he almost messed up the 3rd goal..and for those hurling words at critics…i don’t think there is anyone in the world today who knows about football that wouldn’t have criticised Ighalo’s past performances in the eagles shirt and the fact that he had a hattrick yesterday doesn’t mean the criticism would stop except of course if he maintains a consistent run

  • Sunnyb 4 months ago

    @Chima Samuel, hey bro please you must learn to ignore some jobless jesters in this forum. Having a dissenting opinions is one the beauty of democracy.

  • Bomboy 4 months ago

    Ighalo did well with those three goals. But I fear for Him because if his luck runs out in subsequent games, his critics (including me) will be out again with a vengeance.

    And why shouldn’t we criticise him? Should we be clapping for Him when he fails to play well?

    I am strongly of the opinion that we still need a clinical finisher in the Super Eagles. One of the goals he scored fell right to his feet and he almost bungled it.

    I repeat without shame what I said in previous posts: if Ighalo can replicate his form in the Chinese league (or come close to it) for the Super Eagles, I will be his greatest fan, even if he decides to play for a club side in Congo or Lesotho.

    Cheers everyone and congratulations for the emphatic victory!

    • Gboyega 4 months ago

      Bros, a clinical finisher is not the problem .. A reliable and creative midfield is. Cant you see that? 

  • #Ashy Slashy. #Chima E Samuels are heavy weights on this forum. How I wish they can annex their skill for rotten language and focus it redirect it on how to just stick to the subject being discussed. Two of these guys seems to be ‘Christians.’ I am de(un)christianing them this moment. Swearing and cursing is unchristian. #Chima criticing any player is the way he sees these guys play and is not satisfied. Before. Now they play well and he commends them, what is wrong with that. #Ashy, I see no point in your telling #Samuels all those things and calling him names. Just tell him what he said back then and joke over it that Ighalo has bought over Samuels with his display. Samuels will laff over it and other forumites will join in the laffta. Samuels fell into the trap and stoop low too by using rotten language. Can one of you step down and apologize to the other? Matter settled.

  • balorx 4 months ago

    ashy lastly, tell me why ighalo shouldn’t be criticised, about 8 goals overall in all matches for super eagles. missing about three glorious chances to put Nigeria in the last 16, you don’t expect a soft landing for that kind of player. Nigerians are very passionate about football(i remembered i didn’t eat the night we lost against Argentina)besides, he hasn’t really convinced us cos it is a process, it takes more than just a match. nobody hates any player!
    God bless Nigeria!

  • Chima E Samuels 4 months ago

    With all due respect to the forum I only responded to Ashy just to quit the abusive zone and let the football family Express themselves in the end all we want is to get the best out of our beloved country. You never can tell she might be liking me in private. Ighalo’s love for Nigeria is something I have come to understand that drives him but let him go and improve himself watch clips of el phenomenal de Lima the rest will be history. I wish ighalo well just like Omo9ja and sunnyb plus the true gems in the forum. We have only one Nigeria and by nationality I am one with Ashy and co even if we all have different ideas of life. In the end the land is GREEN! I tender my apologies for the strong words Ashy

    • I take back all the horrible things I said about Chima. He has shown that he is a real gentleman.
      In the heat of the moment, we take our eyes off the ball and descend low.
      Every one should be free to express themselves without the fear of abuse.
      God bless you all.

  • 4 nil, nawao! so pain i didnt watch dat match, bt hopin to watch 2morow game. bt how come odion ighalo net hattrick? was dat keeper drunk? or i believe ighalo injected himself. bt wit dis hattrick all hope has lost through out diz tournament til we we lift de trophy ighalo wil not score goal again and wil always be de 1st choice. i will never believe in odion ighalo even he net de 4 goals, except he score minimum of 2 goals 4de 2nd leg.

  • Can someone please show us who didn’t watch the match the way to go. Am writing from Australia and it’s very difficult getting to see African matches. Anybody with any link to watch the past match and future ones. Will be greatly appreciated. Thanks

  • Chima E Samuels 4 months ago

    Watch the match via this link at 7pm Nigeria time tomorrow