Onyekuru, Nwankwo On Target As Eagles Edge Liberia In Exhibition Game

The Super Eagles of Nigeria defeated the Lone
Star of Liberia 2-1 in Tuesday’s exhibition game
played at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium,
Monrovia reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The game was in celebration of current
Liberian President, former World, European and
African Footballer of the Year, George Weah
who used the occasion to retire his famous
number 14 shirt for Liberia.
President Weah featured briefly for Lone Star in
the encounter, and his every touch on the ball
was hailed with loud roar from the fans.
Two first-half goals through Henry Onyekuru
and Simeon Nwankwo sealed the win for
Gernot Rohr’s men despite a late penalty from
Liberia’s No.9.
Onyekuru fired a long-range strike to hand the
Super Eagles the lead after 12 minutes before
Nwankwo doubled the lead for the three times
Africa champions from close range after he
powered in Oghenekaro Etebo’s corner kick.
At halftime coach Gernot Rohr made four
substitutions replacing Ikechukwu Ezenwa,
Chidozie Awaziem, Wilfred Ndidi, and Jamilu
Collins for Daniel Akpeyi, Olamilekan Adeleye,
Kelechi Iheanacho, and Ebube Duru.
Nwankwo had the ball in the back of the net in
the 61st minute but his goal was ruled out for
The Crotone striker also missed a sitter in the
82nd minute when he failed to hit the target
from a cut back from Samuel Kalu.
Rohr also replaced Kelechi Nwakali, Onyekuru,
Nwankwo for Samuel Kalu, Mfon Udoh and
Sunday Adetunji for the last six minutes of the
In the 88th minute, the referee awarded a
penalty to Liberia after Rotherham defender,
Semi Ajayi was adjudged to have handled the
ball inside the box.
The resultant spot-kick was converted by
Liberia’s No.9.

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