Nigeria beat Libya 4-0 in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday, and coach Gernot Rohr says it was not unexpected.

Rohr told sports journalists after the game at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, that he knew his opponent was a strong side to be tackled with strength and vigour, but excellent preparation and mentality to win gave his side the needed result.

He said that the Nigerian team won the game because it played well, adding that the four goals were scored not by chance but because the Super Eagles “worked for the victory”.

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“Though the game was not easy in the first half, we did well in the second half. We built confidence which gave us victory.

“Apart from the four goals win, which was not easy, I am very happy for the coming back of Odion Ighalo. He had been criticised in the social media.

“I am happy that he gave the critics the answer in the pitch through his hat trick,” Rohr said.

He said the team spirit that gave Nigeria victory in the match would be sustained in the second leg in Tunis on Oct. 17.

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