The Super Eagles of Nigeria have boosted their chances in this year’s African Cup of Nations following a 1-0 win over host nation Ivory Coast.
Defender William Troost-Ekong gave the Nigerian team the win from the penalty spot after striker Victor Osimhen was struck by an Ivorian defender in the penalty box.
Nigeria is now locked on four points at the top of the group alongside Equatorial Guinea, with Ivory Coast behind them on three points and Guinea-Bissau already eliminated after losing both games so far.
The four best third-placed sides in the six groups will all advance to the last 16, but Ivory Coast must now beat Equatorial Guinea in their last match on Monday to guarantee progress.
Meanwhile, Nigeria must simply avoid defeat against Guinea-Bissau who had lost 4-2 by Equatorial Guinea earlier – to ensure a top-two finish.