Super Eagles victory was down to prayers - Governor Udom

Germany's Mesut Ozil right and Czech Republic's Jan Kopic left challenge for the ball during their World Cup Group C qualifying soccer match in Prague Czech Republic Friday Sept. 1 2017. AP

Rohr had hoped to use Aina in the first clash against Cameroun on Friday, but the Federation Internationale de Football Association clearance did not arrive in time.Nigeria have nine points from three matches in Africa zone qualifying group B, while Cameroun remain on two points.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria inched closer to qualification for the 2018 World Cup with a 4-0 drubbing of fierce rivals Cameroon at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, on Saturday. Mikel and (Victor) Moses were out of that team by default, not because they were dropped or something, they were injured and there was nothing they could do about it.

The goals were scored by Odion Igalo, Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Kelechi Iheanacho.

Eleven minutes into the second half, Victor Moses combined with gangling winger Moses Simon before slotting home from inside the box. Cameroon are third with two points while Algeria are bottom with a point.

The Eagles did not remove their feet from the throttle and were duly rewarded in the 43 minute when Mikel Obi side-footed past goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa.

Nigerian forward Simon Moses vies with Cameroonian Serge Tchaha during their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying football match at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo southern Nigeria

"We were thoroughly outplayed".

Those frailties were shown up at the Confederations Cup, and then cruelly exposed by the Super Eagles, begging the question of why Broos thought it was a good idea in the first place!

Nigeria, by contrast, were purring by the end of the contest and could easily have finished with another three goals.

Speaking in a post-match press conference after Nigeria win, Rohr said: "Let us not forget that it is not finish yet because we have only nine points. He has an understanding already with Troost Ekong and the full-backs Abdullahi and Echiejile were fantastic, so overall I am very happy and our captain brought us more stability".

Cameroon coach, Hugo Bruce has promised to ensure they get their pride and reputation back in the second leg as the two African giants clash in Yaounde in three days time.

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