Super Eagles Secure First Friendly Victory in Five Years, Beat Mozambique 3-2
In a thrilling encounter, the Super Eagles, missing their star striker Victor Osimhen, emerged victorious over Mozambique with a 3-2 scoreline. This victory marked Nigeria’s first win in a friendly match in half a decade.
The game got off to an unexpected start as Mozambique’s Geny Catamo netted the opener just seven minutes into the match, sparking concerns that Nigeria’s winless streak in friendlies might persist. However, Terem Moffi of OGC Nice swiftly responded, equalizing for the Super Eagles with a close-range strike.
Nigeria continued to dominate the game and eventually took the lead when Frank Onyeka of Brentford capitalized on a loose ball at the edge of the box, making it 2-1 for the Eagles. Mozambique’s woes deepened as they were reduced to ten men after a foul on Joe Aribo in the 37th minute.
Nigeria extended their lead with a penalty awarded when a Mozambique player handled Fisayo Dele-Bashiru’s free-kick. Simon Moses confidently converted the spot kick to give Nigeria a comfortable 3-1 lead at halftime.
Mozambique managed to pull one back in the second half, with Faisal Abdul Bangal beating Francis Uzoho near his goal.
The Super Eagles held on for the victory, breaking a five-year winless streak in friendly matches. The win comes after a string of 15 friendlies, with seven losses and eight draws during that period.
The focus now shifts to the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, where Nigeria will face Lesotho’s Crocodiles on November 13, 2023, followed by a match against the Warriors of Zimbabwe just three days later.