Nigeria records biggest win ever to beat Sao Tome 10-0 in AFCON qualifiers
The Super Eagles took three points against the Falcons and True Parrots of São Tomé and Príncipe at the Grand Agadir Stadium, also known as the Adrar Stadium, on Monday.
The Nigerian side also bagged the three points in their 2-1 loss to Sierra Leone at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja on Thursday.
On Monday, Victor Osimhen netted four times to give the Super Eagles a resounding victory in their Round 2 encounter of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series in Morocco.
After bagging a further three points, the Super Eagles top Group A and recorded their biggest win ever in a CAN qualifier.
VOsimhen, who also scored the winning goal against Sierra Leone in Abuja on Thursday, scored four of the goals, starting his tally with a powerful header that goalkeeper Anastacio Braganca couldn’t stop in the 9th minute. From the second minute, Osimhen, still fully charged, had returned the ball with a header from a withdrawal from Zaidu Sanusi, but there was no Eagle to connect.
In the 19th minute, Terem Moffi’s shot was saved by Braganca as Nigeria dominated easily and with great efficiency, and four minutes later a good header from Osimhen from an Ademola Lookman corner again was saved by Braganca.
In the 28th minute, defender Ola Aina’s pullback found Osihmen, who posed for Moses Simon to tap past Braganca’s restless hands for Nigeria’s second. Four minutes later, Sao Tome and Principe fired their first shot on Francis Uzoho’s goal, but Luis Leal’s shot went wide.
Moffi squandered two excellent chances to take Nigeria higher in the 36th and 40th minute but did just that in the 43rd minute when he beat two defenders to s crash into the net on a superb pass from Osimhen. It was Moffi’s first goal for the Super Eagles.
In the second half, it was all Nigeria. Osimhen’s firm header from Lookman’s 48th-minute withdrawal netted the fourth goal, and seven minutes later Oghenekaro Etebo fired his free-kick from 20 yards under the bar and into the net for the fifth in the Nigeria. Osimhen thought he had scored a sixth for Nigeria in the 57th minute but was ruled offside.
On the hour mark, substitute Ahmed Musa, just two minutes on the pitch, found a pressed Sanusi whose cross found Terem Moffi well placed to slam the ball into the net for Nigeria’s sixth.
Three minutes later there was another first goal for the Super Eagles. Ademola Lookman found the roof of the net after another pass from Musa found Moffi and he crushed goalkeeper Braganca.
Osimhen netted his hat-trick in the 65th minute through a sweet pass from Ahmed Musa, and in the 84th minute another brilliant pass from Musa found Osimhen in the right place to score his fourth and Nigeria’s ninth.
Substitute Emmanuel Dennis won and converted a 90th-minute penalty to cap off a goal-scoring afternoon for Nigeria in the southern Moroccan coastal city.
In only his second competitive game in charge of Nigeria, 62-year-old Portuguese Jose Santos Peseiro led the Super Eagles to beat the Sao Tome and Principe national team 10-0.
In the process, the Super Eagles erased Nigeria’s 63-year-old international goalscoring record.
The Nigeria national team, then known as the Red Devils, beat Dahomey (former name of Benin Republic) 10-1 in a Kwame Nkrumah Cup match in Lagos on November 28, 1959.
Peseiro had told Agadir Almarissa airport that the encounter against ‘The Falcons and True Parrots’ would get the most out of his side as they look to top Group A.
“We want to be the team at the top of the table so we have to fight hard against the opponents. Every game we have to be fully committed to winning it. As I said earlier in the week, Nigeria have a huge pedigree and they also have the quality and quantity of players. It’s important that we select the best all the time to win the big games,” he said.
Defender and assistant skipper William Ekong and midfielder Innocent Bonke had returned to their respective bases in England and France to recover from injuries sustained during the international break.
Bonke was injured in the friendly match against Mexico in Dallas on May 28, while Ekong suffered a groin sprain in Sierra Leone’s 2-1 loss in Abuja on Thursday.
The Super Eagles’ next qualifying games will be against Guinea-Bissau home and away in September. ..