Ebere Paul Onuachu was quick off the mark for Nigeria, his goal was the fastest for a Super Eagles and the second fastest ever in the history of football.
After a decent debut for the Super Eagles against Seychelles, coach Gernot Rohr made a bold statement in starting Onuachu in the friendly match at home to Egypt for his second international cap.
A weakened Egypt side leaked the second fastest goal in the history of international football to slump to a 1-0 friendly loss to Nigeria in Asaba as they kicked off their preparations for the African Nations Cup on Tuesday.
Fans in the Stephen Keshi Stadium had barely taken their seats when towering striker Onuachu blasted home an unstoppable volley less than eight seconds after kick-off in one of the few highlights of a dour affair.
Only former Germany striker Lukas Podolski scored a faster goal, having netted after six seconds in a friendly against Ecuador in 2013.
The Midtjylland striker continued his sensational scoring form this season by netting the only goal in Nigeria’s 1-0 win over the Pharaohs.
However, the 24-year-old’s strike was precisely a second slower than the former Cologne, Bayern Munich and Arsenal forward.
Onuachu’s rise has been so rapid that the striker’s goal in Asaba was met by a standing ovation on Tuesday night.
John Ogu, Moses Simon, Henry Onyekuru, Wilfred Ndidi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa impressed, but the headlines belonged to just one man.
Hopefully Onuachu can keep doing it and it’s the first of many.