U23 AFCON: Osimhen scores hat-trick as Nigeria beats Libya
Victor Osimhen scores a hat-trick as Nigeria beat Libya 4-0 to qualify for the next round of the U23 Afcon qualifier at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba on Monday evening.
Dream Team VII have lost the reverse fixture 2-0 last week but the West African nation make an incredible comeback in Delta State and end the tie 4-2 on aggregate.
Nigeria coach Imama Amapakabo has made seven change for the second leg must-win encounter bringing Francis Uzoho, Chidozie Awaziem, Victor Osimhen, Valentine Ozornwafor, Orji Okwonkwo, and Etboy Akpa.
Osimhen opens the floodgate for Nigeria three minutes after the half-hour mark and almost doubled the tally for the home side with a shot which came off the woodwork minutes before going to the break.
After a restart of the second stanza, the 20-year-old AC Milan target gets his brace after a defensive mix up from Libya to smashed his home his second goal of the tie.
On-loan Wolfsburg forward who has found back of the net 12 times this season for his Belgium side completed his hattrick with a smart finish from a terrific pass from Kelechi Nwakali to put the game beyond the reach for Libya ten minutes from time.
Substitute Samuel Okereke drove the final nail into the coffin of the Libyans with a toe poke finish from a back heel by Osimhen to complete the route and seal passage on a 4-2 aggregate win.