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AFCON 2023 Qualifiers: Super Eagles Beat Sierra Leone 2-1

(Top L-R) Nigeria’s goalkeeper Maduka Okoye, defender Kenneth Omeruo, midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, forward Taiwo Awoniyi, midfielder Joe Aribo, defender William Troost-Ekong, (bottom L-R) forward Kelechi Iheanacho, defender Ola Aina, defender Zaidu Sanusi, forward Samuel Chukwueze and forward Moses Simon pose prior to the Group D Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 football match between Nigeria and Sudan at Stade Roumde Adjia in Garoua on January 15, 2022. Daniel BELOUMOU OLOMO / AFP

The Super Eagles of Nigeria defeated Sierra Leone 2-1 in the first fixture of their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series on Thursday evening, June, 9.

 

The match went down at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja, where the Super Eagles drew 1-1 with Ghana in March, which saw the three-time African champions miss out on the 2022 World Cup.

 

Sierra Leone’s Jonathan Morsay opened the scoring for the hosts with a flying header, before Nigeria bounced back with goals from Alex Iwobi and Victor Osimhen.

 

The match is the first win for new Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro, who lost in two friendly matches for Mexico and Ecuador last month.

 

The former African champions will travel to Marrakech, Morocco, for another qualifying clash with the Falcons of Sao Tome and Principe four days later.

 

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