Super Eagles slam Irish
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Nigerians were the better side at The Valley, and thoroughly deserved their win, given to them by a Bartholomew Ogbeche brace and a strike from Obafemi Martins.
Kinsella, playing at his former Charlton home, made the mistake that gave the powerful Africans their opening goal on 36 minutes.
He gave the ball away to Ogbeche and the Paris Saint Germain striker fired in a low shot past Nick Colgan to open the scoring.
The Irish found themselves two down four minutes after the interval when Internazionale man Martins powered through a non-existent midfield before taking on Kenny Cunnigham and finishing well.
The power and pace of The Super Eagles was troubling Kerr's defence, although his backline then gifted Nigeria the third and final goal on 69 minutes.
Cunnigham's over-hit back pass gave Colgan little chance of controlling the ball and it bounce off him into the path of Ogbeche, who tapped home for 3-0.
Stoke City's Clive Clarke made his senior international debut, while Queens Park Rangers' Martin Rowlands and Blackburn Rovers' Jonathan Douglas both won their second cap.
Kerr's experiments did not go to plan as his side fell to their heaviest defeat in his 16 games in charge and he will be hoping for more, when they return to face Jamaica on Wednesday.
Nigeria 3-1 Republic of Ireland