Kelechi Iheanacho netted the match-winner as Nigeria’s Super Eagles piped their Malian counterparts by a lone goal in a friendly match played in Rouen, France on Friday.
Iheanacho was on target in the 77th minute not long after coming in for Arsenal forward, Alex Iwobi in the second half.
Iheanacho who enjoyed a very good season in the Premier League with Manchester City was on hand to continue his superb goal scoring form for the Eagles on Friday as Coach Yusuf Salisu and his crew finally gave him the chance for action in the second half.
There was little to cheer between the two teams in the first half of the encounter even though new entrant to the Nigeria national team, Musa Mohammed and Watford striker Odion Ighalo had decent chances to break the deadlock.
The Eagles of Mali also had their fair moments in the first period but both teams fired blanks in the first half.
Having overcome their West African counterparts, the Eagles will hope they can follow up with another victory in their next game against Luxembourg.