The Super Eagles of Nigeria have defeated their Group B opponent Burundi at the ongoing CAF Africa Cup of Nations holding in Egypt.
Odion Ighalo lone strike sees Super Eagles beat Burundi 1-0 in the Group B opener at Alexandria Stadium on Saturday night encounter.
Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr dropped his usual number, one goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, Chineses Super League striker and Ahmed Musa from the starting eleven by bringing in Daniel Akpeyi and Paul Onuachu.
Jamiu Collins has taken ill, so Ola Aina played at left-back but Villarreal winger, Samuel Chukwueze, who had an outstanding season in LaLiga, took the place of Samuel Kalu, who collapsed in training on Friday.
As the hour mark approached, Rohr took off veteran captain John Obi Mikel and introduced Ahmed Musa, hoping the pace of the wide attacker could unlock the Burundi defence.
Ighalo made a 73 minutes second-half substitute appearance for Onuachu but the 30-year-old Shanghai Greenland Shenhua goal poacher break the deadlock four minutes later gives Super Eagles bright start in Alexandria.
Debutants Burundi battled bravely throughout before a small crowd that included four-time African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto’o from Cameroon, one of the tournament ambassadors.
Burundi, who qualified at the expense of a Gabon team including Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, lie 89 places below Nigeria in the world rankings.