The home-based Super Eagles team have their work well cut out as they face Libya in their second group game of the ongoing African Nations Championships, CHAN, in Morocco.
Emeka Atuloma's corner-kick was sacked home by Sunday Faleye to make it 1-0 to Nigeria, much to the delight of the Super Eagles' fans inside the stadium.
Nigeria temporarily move to the top of Group C with four points from two games, while awaiting the result of the tie between Rwanda and Equatorial Guinea.
Rwanda will play the last game against Libya on Tuesday looking for a win or a draw to reach the quarter-finals while Nigeria will play against Equatorial Guinea.
Libya's star man from their opener, Saleh Taher Saeid, was replaced before the hour mark after being thoroughly silenced by the Nigerian back line, with the North Africans devoid of the flair and confidence that characterised their opener.
Constant fouling meant the match never developed a rhythm and neither side created a clearcut scoring opportunity until Faleye netted 11 minutes from time.
However, Faleye did break the deadlock two minutes later when he fired home Emeka Atuloma's corner-kick to make it 1-0 to Nigeria with the Libyan defence caught ball watching in their own box.
Libya were unable to find a late equalizer in the closing stages of the game and in the end, Nigeria secured a 1-0 win over the Mediterranean Knights.