Nigeria are preparing to face Burundi in the opening game of their AFCON campaign.
After missing the last two editions of the Nations Cup, Nigeria make a return to the championship which they last won in 2013 under late Stephen Keshi.
Nigeria needed a late goal from substitute Odion Ighalo to claim a 1-0 win over a courageous Burundi side playing their first-ever match at the Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday.
He also enjoined the Super Eagles to be mindful of fair play, and sportsmanlike conduct, as they strive to return home with the AFCON trophy.
The Torino utility defender showed composure against the Swallows of Burundi and was a major force on the left flank, causing plenty of problems for right-back Omar Moussa. The Nigerian gaffer substituted Paul Onuachu for Idion Ighalo.
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Nigeria are expected to line up in a traditional 4-3-3 formation, with Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo and captain John Obi Mikel anchoring the midfield.
The Super Eagles struggled in the early stages of yesterday's game and could have fallen behind after 14 minutes if Akpeyi had not beaten away Cedric Amissi's powerful volley.
But the masterstroke substitution came 20 minutes from time when his decision to introduce the experienced Ighalo paid off, with the forward making a meal of an over-stretched Burundi defence to give the Eagles all three points on a quiet night in Alexandria.
Bad news for Nigeria three minutes from the break as Abdullahi Shehu picked up a knock and the gaffer, Gernot Rohr replaced him with Chidozie Awaziem.