Kelechi Nwakali made his Super Eagles long-awaited full debut in the side 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau on Wednesday.
Usmar Sadiq and William-Troost Ekong scored for Nigeria to remain top of their group with nine points from a possible nine.
Nwakali who captained Nigeria U-17, U-20, and U-23 started his first game for the senior national team in this year’s African Cup of Nations.
The talented midfielder showed his class when he anchored the midfield in a more advanced role with Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi.
He produced four crosses, two key passes as well a wonderful display that earned Nigeria their 100% group stage record.
They go into the round of 16 with confidence and style as they wait to know their opponents.