Super Eagles beat Crocodiles 3-0 to end AFCON qualifiers unbeaten


Nigeria beat Lesotho 3-0 at Teslim Balogun Stadium to finish the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Victor Osimhen, Oghenekaro Etebo, and Paul Onuachu scored goals to help the Super Eagles go undefeated in the Afcon and finish first in Group L with 14 points.

Nigeria came into the match having already qualified for the biennial competition, which might be held in Cameroon.

Coach Gernot Rohr made a few changes to the team that began their 1-0 victory over the Republic of Benin at Stade Charles de Gaulle on Friday.

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The German tactician handed begins to Francis Uzoho Etebo and Tyronne Ebuehi, who didn’t characteristic against the Squirrels in Porto Novo.

Iwobi additionally returned to the starting XI after missing his side’s last outing as he tested positive for Covid-19, but was cleared to play against the Crocodiles by Caf after testing negative for the coronavirus.

The Super Eagles started the encounter impressively, dominating the opening half-hour and came close to opening the scoring in the 15th minute when Osimhen beat Lesotho goalkeeper Sekhoane Moerane after a fine combination with Kelechi Iheanacho, however, his effort was dominated out for offside.

The West Africans continued to push for the opener and deservedly got it within the 22nd minute when Osimhen hit the back of the net with a fine effort.

The Napoli forward has now bagged five goals for the three-time African champions in the qualifying campaign.

Rohr’s men made several efforts to attempt to enhance their lead before the half-time break but the Crocodiles frustrated their effort to maintain the scoreline at 1-0.

After the restart, the West African giants continued with their dominating show with Iwobi firing a fine shot from the edge of the box however failed to ruffle Lesotho goalkeeper Moerane.

Etebo thereafter doubled Nigeria’s lead in the 50th minute after pouncing on a loose ball and the Super Eagles were close to increasing their lead three minutes later when Samuel Chukwueze beat his marker earlier than unleashing a shot, but it narrowly missed the goal.

Eight minutes before the top of the sport, Genk ahead Onuachu scored to seal the victory for the three-time African champions to end their campaign on a high.



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