Moffi, Onyeka, Simon Fires Nigeria To Important Win In 5 Years

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have secured its first international friendly win in five years after beating the Mambas of Mozambique on Monday reports.

Nigeria has not recorded a win in fifteen international friendly games since 2019; but streak have now been ended with a win against 2023 AFCON finalist Mozambique.

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Nigeria survive Mambas scare to win first international friendly in five years

The Mambas of Mozambique on Monday struck first in the sixth minute through Catamo to make a difference.

OGC Nice forward Terem Moffi, responded in the 19th minute to restor parity. Nigeria will take the lead few minutes later, through a sensational strike from outside the box by Brentford’s midfielder Frank Onyeka.

Super Eagles assistant Captain and FC Nantes winger, Moses Simon will extend Nigeria’s lead from the spot in first-half’s stoppage time, after a Mozambique player handled the ball in their own penalty area.

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The Mambas of Mozambique won’t leave without putting up a fight, as they wrestled and reduced the scoreline by scoring four minutes before the hour mark.

Nigeria just recovered from a shocking draw against Saudi Arabia’s Green Falcons last weekend. The Super Eagles were cruising to a 2-1 win before Mohammed Kanno struck from a free-kick just at the edge of Super Eagles’ penalty area to restore parity for the Roberto Mancini’s side.

And recall, the Super Eagles player against Mozambique without two of its best attackers in Victor Osimhen and Kelechi Iheanacho.

While Victor Osimhen was excused from the camp as a precautionary measures after he suffered a knock in the Saudi Arabia game; Kelechi Iheanacho left on personal undisclosed reasons.

“Generally it was a good game for us, but the result didn’t reflect our performance,” Francis Uzoho said ahead of the Super Eagles friendly against Mozambique today.

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“We try our best to do well, the fans should keep supporting whoever is in goal, they could be more supportive,” the 24-year-old added.

Nigeria will now switch it’s attention to a world cup qualifier fixture against Lesotho on 13 November, 2023.

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