Super Eagles labour to slim win over Sierra Leone in 2023 AFCONQ opener

Super Eagles labour to slim win over Sierra Leone in 2023 AFCONQ opener

The Super Eagles get off to a flying start in the 2023 African Cup of Nations as they beat Sierra Leone 2-1 on Thursday.


It was Jose Peseiro’s first competitive match in charge of the Super Eagles. Mexico and Ecuador have both beaten Nigeria in friendlies.


The Jose Peseiro’s tutored side however recovered from an early setback to edge their neighbors in the well-contested match at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.


The Leone Stars took the lead inside the opening 11th minute after John Morsay headed in a brilliant cross down the right.


A Brilliant finish from Iwobi into the far-right corner after good work from Moses Simon. The goal came seconds after Sierra Leone had hit the post themselves.


Osimhen then made it 2-1 to the Nigerian five minutes before the break. A brilliant cross from Aina was headed down by Simon, with the Napoli star stretching to blast home.


The game however ended 2-1 as both sides failed to score in the second half.


Meanwhile, Guinea Bissau is top of the group after coming from behind to thump Sao Tome é Principe in Agadir 5-1.


Nigeria will face Sao Tome in their next game in Agadir on Friday.

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