Burundi proved they were no pushover with Stoke City striker Saido Berahino proving to be a handful for the Nigeria defence.
The Swallows, a Burundi is called, hit the woodwork and tested the unconvincing Daniel Akpeyi who was favoured ahead of Francis Uzoho.
Nigeria also had bright spells with Samuel Chukwueze leading the pack.
However, the Villareal attacker became quiet in the second half giving room for Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi and Ola Aina to play key roles.
Aina was decisive as he laid the crucial assist for substitute Odion Ighalo to bury graciously in the 77th minute.