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Napoli striker Victor Osimhen on Monday evening scored four goals as the Super Eagles destroyed Sao Tome and Principe 10-0 in a 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier on Monday to give Nigeria their biggest win in history.
Africa Daily News, New York reports that Osimhen opened the score sheet with just 9 minutes gone into the tie, before adding one each in the 48th, 65th, and 84th minutes. This was his first hat-trick and haul for the senior team.
Terem Moffi netted twice, just as Oghenekaro Etebo, Simon Moses, and Ademola Lookman got one each in the tie.
Watford star Emmanuel Dennis, who was introduced in the later stages of the match, grabbed a goal to complete the demolition in the game played in Morocco.
Last week, Jose Peseiro’s men beat Sierra Leone 2-1 in Abuja to open their 2023 AFCON qualifier account. The Super Eagles now top the Group A standings with six points followed by Guinea Bissau on three but with a game at hand.
With five goals, Osimhen is now the top scorer in the qualification series for the competition billed for next summer. Nigeria’s next game in the race for the biennial showpiece is in September when they take on Guinea Bissau.
Africa Daily News, New York had earlier reported that the three three-time African champions had last week laboured to earn a 2-1 victory over Leone Stars of Sierra Leone in an AFCON 2023 Group A qualifier at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja.
The performance of the Eagles who are now being managed by Portuguese Head Coach, Jose Peseiro, was far from satisfactory.
The team appeared rusty and lacked the familiar flair of the senior Nigerian team.
The three points from the game appears as the only consolation to Nigerian fans who were locked out of the game as punishment for the crowd trouble experienced in the last World Cup playoff with Ghana at the Abuja stadium.