A moment of brilliance from Yakubu Aiyegbeni helped Nigeria legends to a winning start in their StarSixes World Cup campaign as they beat China 3-2 on Thursday.
His first half braces plus Daniel Amokachi’s goal helped the Super Eagles subdue the Asians whose late rally almost earned them a draw.
Ayegbeni got the curtain raiser in the 15th minute after slotting past goalkeeper Li Wei having profited from a loose ball off Garba Lawal’s tackle on a Chinese player.
Few seconds later, he completed his brace after collecting a beautifully looped pass from captain Austin Okocha.
In the final half, the former Everton star turned provider after setting up Daniel Amokachi for the third goal.
While it looked the Super Eagles were cruising home to a flawless victory, Peng Weijun pulled one back for China after a horrendous goalkeeping from Peter Rufai. And with few seconds left to play, the Asians got the second but that could not halt the Super Eagles from securing maximum points.
Nigeria face Italy on Friday night in their second Group B encounter. The Azzurri legends bowed 2-1 to Brazil in their opening encounter.
Integral is the official representative of Star Sixes in Nigeria and holds exclusive rights to the event.