Osimhen stars as Super Eagles run riot over Sao Tome & Principe

Victor Osimhen was a threat all through the game as he scored four goals and provided two assists.

Osimhen stars as Super Eagles run riot over Sao Tome & Principe

In their second Group A encounter of the 2023 AFCON qualifiers, the Super Eagles ran riot over a feeble Sao Tome and Principe team, winning by ten unanswered goals.

The result of the game now makes it Nigeria’s biggest ever football victory, and it is the second time the country has scored ten goals in a game, following a 10-1 win over Dahomey (modern day Benin Republic) on November 28, 1959.

Victor Osimhen was a threat all through the game as he scored four goals and provided two assists.

Terem Moffi bagged a brace, as he opened his Super Eagles goalscoring account. Ademola Lookman also scored his first goal for the Super Eagles.

Head coach, Jose Peseiro made four changes for the game, starting Ademola Lookman, Zaidu Sanusi, Oghenekaro Etebo, and Terem Moffi.

Simon scored once and assisted once, while wearing the captain’s armband following the injury to William Troost-Ekong in the game against Sierra Leone in Abuja on Thursday.

Late in the game, Emmanuel Dennis scored from the spot after being brought down in the penalty box.

The win propelled the Eagles to the top of Group A, and they will be back in action in the qualifiers in September when they play Guinea-Bissau for their third match.

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Victor Osimhen and Alex Iwobi strike in Super Eagles’ win over Sierra Leone

Alex Iwobi and Victor Osimhen scored after Jonathan Morsay’s early opener for the Leone Stars, tying the hosts for first place in Group A with Guinea-Bissau, who thrashed Sao Tome & Principe 5-1.

Nigeria came from a goal down to overcome Sierra Leone, 2-1 in their first qualifying match for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, on Thursday evening at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.

Alex Iwobi and Victor Osimhen scored for the Super Eagles after Jonathan Morsay’s early opener for the Leone Stars. The win takes Nigeria to joint-top in Group A with Guinea-Bissau, who thrashed Sao Tome & Principe 5-1.

Sierra Leone seemed to adjust more swiftly to the rough playing surface, as striker Mohamed Buya Turay tried to open the scoring in the third minute, with Francis Uzoho tipping his effort over the crossbar.

The Super Eagles had a few of chances through Victor Osimhen, and it looked like they’d take control of the game shortly, but they were startled when the Leone Stars took the lead in the 11th minute.

Musa Kamara whipped in a superb cross from the left flank and Jonathan Morsay rushed himself at the ball and scored with a diving header to put the visitors up 1-0. 

Just a few minutes later, Sierra Leone broke through Nigeria’s defense on a counter-attack, and Musa Kamara hit a low effort that Uzoho tipped onto the post.

In the 16th minute, Alex Iwobi was put into space on the edge of the box after Simon made a well-weighted ball, and blasted a shot into the bottom corner of the net.

After exchanging half-chances, Nigeria took the lead for the first time in the 41st minute when Ola Aina’s cross found Simon, who added a second assist with a downward header across the six-yard box that was buried home by Osimhen to make it 2-1.

The Super Eagles tweaked their set up at the start of the second half, with Sadiq Umar being replaced by Peter Etebo.

Nigeria had half chances to kill off the game in the secondhalf, but one that was so clear was the miss by Samuel Chukwueze in the 54th minute. 

William Troost-Ekong (groin) and Osimhen (hamstring) both suffered injuries at the tale end of the game and were replaced by Kenneth Omeruo and Terem Moffi.

Nigeria’s next game is away at Sao Tome & Principe, while Sierra Leone will host Guinea-Bissau.

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AFCON Qualifiers: Nigeria to play Sierra Leone behind closed doors

Following the incidents of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier against Ghana in Abuja, FIFA slapped the Nigeria Football Federation with a $150,000.00 fine and a one-match suspension behind closed doors.

Following the incidents of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier against Ghana in Abuja, FIFA slapped the Nigeria Football Federation with a $150,000.00 fine and a one-match suspension behind closed doors.

The latest FIFA Disciplinary Report, dated April 28th, 2022, and made available to the press on Monday, May 2nd, 2022, includes these punishments.

During the match on March 29, 2022, Nigeria was found to have failed to “ensure law and order is maintained in the stadium, invasion of the field of play, and throwing of items.”

Nigeria fans stormed the pitch after their team drew against Ghana and missed out on a place at the World Cup. Getty Images

In Algeria’s match against Cameroon, they were fined roughly $3000 for “throwing objects and lighting fireworks.”

Following Senegal’s sanction of nearly $170,000.00 for their match against Egypt on the same date, Nigeria received the second highest fine.

 “Laser pointing and usage of things to broadcast a message that is not appropriate for a sporting event” are among Senegal’s transgressions. As part of the punishment, Senegal, like Nigeria, will have to play one match behind closed doors.

Nigeria’s first home game since that loss will be the encounter against Sierra Leone on June 9th, 2022.

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“No team will be afraid to face the Super Eagles” – Tijani Babangida urges Super Eagles to step up

Despite the plethora of talents in the Eagles fold, they failed to defeat a depleted Gahanian side during word Cup playoffs in March. 

“No team will be afraid to face the Super Eagles” – Tijani Babangida urges Super Eagles to step up

Super Eagles legend, Tijani Babangida has advised the Super Eagles to be more focused if they are to defeat the trio of Sao Tome, Sierra Leone, and Guinea-Bissau in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Super Eagles fell short of glory at the last edition of the AFCON, as they failed to get past the Round of 16 following a 1-0 loss to Tunisia. 

Only about a month after the AFCON ouster, the three-time African champions also failed to make it to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Despite the plethora of talents in the Eagles squad, they failed to defeat a depleted Ghanaian side during World Cup Qualifying Playoffs in March. 

They’ll however be hoping to redeem their image by not bottling their chances of qualifying for AFCON 2023.

In an interview with Completesports, the former Ajax player remarked that if the club wants to overcome its opponents, they must show that desire and commitment.

AFCON 2023 Qualifying – Group A

He stated that the Super Eagles would face difficult opponents and that they must be prepared to face them.

“I must confess to you that Africa football has grown beyond those days when you can regard a team minnows. The Super Eagles must do the needful if they are to qualify for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

“No team will be afraid to face the Super Eagles regardless of the array of stars we parade in our disposal. But then, the team can restore that fear factor again if they impose their authority in games and finish up games as quickly as possible.

“The truth is that Sao Tome, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau will not be an easy ride for the Super Eagles.”

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