Ike Uche came off the bench to get a brace for Super Eagles in its 4-0 defeat of Ethiopia in the ongoing African Cup of Nations qualifier in Abuja on Sunday.
Before Uche's goals, Peter Utaka, set the goal spree with a brace in the second-minute and 53rd minute respectively.
Uche's goals came in the 77 and 90th minutes.
The victory brightened Eagles chances of qualifying for the Nations Cup, though still second on the table with six points from three matches, one point behind the group leader, Guinea that secured a valuable point with 1-1 game against Madagascar last night.
Nigeria must win its remaining matches to assure of qualification for the tournament.
It will play Madagascar and Ethiopia away before playing Guinea at home.
In other qualifying matches, Ghana was convincing in its 3-0 win over Congo away, while Cote d' Ivoire defeated Benin 2-1 with Didier Drogba scoring both goals for the Elephants.
Niger came from a goal down to secure a 3-1 victory over Sierra Leone also on Sunday, while Sudan beat Swaziland 3-0.
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