The Super Eagles of Nigeria are set for their final game in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying campaign as they host Sao Tome and Principe at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Sunday.
The Eagles have already qualified for next year’s showpiece in Cote d’Ivoire but the three-time African champions are seeking to end their campaign in the qualifiers on a bright note.
In the last 72 hours, the Eagles have been training in Uyo ahead of Sunday’s game and Jose Peseiro’s men appear to be ready to make a meal off their opponents.
Going into Sunday’s game, the debate has been whether the Super Eagles can replicate or even better the 10-0 victory they recorded the last time they faced Sao Tome.
Though the prediction has been that there will be plenty of goals, the Super Eagles are 90 minutes away from proving fans right or wrong.
Having opted for games in Abuja, Asaba, Benin and Lagos lately, many are happy to see the Super Eagles return to the Uyo stadium nicknamed the Nest of Champions.
It is expected that fans will turn up in their numbers to cheer the Eagles as they end their AFCON qualifying race before switching attention to the World Cup qualifiers billed to commence in November.
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Kickoff is 5 p.m.
Super Eagles line up
Wilfred Ndidi gets the captain’s armband as Jose Peseiro names his starting XI for the match against Sao Tome.
Francis Uzoho is back in goal for the Eagles after he was missing in action in the last game against Sierra Leone.
In the defence, the quartet of Ola Aina, Calvin Bassey, Semi Ajayi and Onyemachi have been handed the responsibility of stopping the opponents.
Captain Ndidi will be handling affairs in the midfield with the trio of Frank Onyeka, Kelechi Iheanacho and Ademola Lookman who will be operating just behind the attacking duo of Taiwo Awoniyi and Victor Osimhen.
The two teams have made their way to the lush green pitch of the Godswill Akpabio Stadium
The national anthem ritual for both teams is next with Sao Tome taking their turn first before the Super Eagles
One minute silence for the lost souls in Morocco
Sao Tome gets the game underway in Uyo
Super Eagles get the first corner kick of the game to be taken by Iheanacho
CHANCE. Sao Tome keeper makes a fine save to deny Nigeria an early goal in Uyo
Wilfred Ndidi smartly recovers the ball for Nigeria
Awoniyi fires over the bar after receiving a good pass in the box from Iheanacho
Free kick for Nigeria as Ramos brings down Frank Onyeka
Djackson Ranco gets the first yellow card
Iheanacho takes the free kick and Sao Tome head out for another corner for the Super Eagles
Goal… Osimhen makes it 1-0
The Napoli man opened the scoring also in the first leg when Nigeria won 10-0
Osimhen has now scored eight goals in the Afcon qualifiers …
Chance: Super Eagles almost with the second goal but the cutback pass by Osimhen to Awoniyi was intercepted by Sao Tome’s Oliveria
Awoniyi goes down after being pushed down in the box but referee waves off the appeal for a penalty kick by the Super Eagles
It is raining in Uyo… Will there also be a rain of goals ???
Super Eagles goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho has largely been on holiday in this game so far
GOAL>> Ademola Lookman doubles the lead!!
We are at the half-hour mark .. Nigeria 2-0 Sao Tome
Awoniyi with another effort but he is already flagged offside by the linesman
Osimhen adjudged to have committed a foul as Sao Tome get a free kick in their own half
Super Eagles win a seventh corner kick
Uzoho makes an easy catch as Sao Tome have what is their first attempt at goal
In the first leg between these two teams Nigeria led 3-0 by half time before adding seven goals more in the second half, we are waiting to see how things will pan out in Uyo
Super Eagles with almost three times more ball possession than Sao Tome
One minute added time
Half Time: Nigeria 2-0 Sao Tome Principe
We are 10 minutes already into the second half and the Super Eagles have extended their lead to 3-0
Awoniyi with a bicycle kick made it 3-0 and the Super Eagles are looking to score even more in Uyo
Free kick for Nigeria in a promising position as Frank Onyeka is brought down
Two players Victor Boniface and Joe Aribo looking set to come in for action
Substitution for Super Eagles Awoniyi off for Boniface while Aribo takes the place of Onyeka
PENALTY.. Osimhen wins a penalty kick for Nigeria
Osimhen takes it and he SCORES!!!
Another round of substitutions as Tyronne Ebuehi and Samuel Chukwueze come in for Ola Aina and Kelechi Iheanacho
Ricardo Fernandez with a vital block to deny a decent effort from Victor Boniface
GOAL.. Osimhen makes it 5-0
Osimhen scores from a fine pass from his close pal Samuel Chukwueze
Wilfred Ndidi out for Raphael Nwadike as we head into the final stages of the game
Samuel Chukwueze makes it 6-0
Victor Boniface with the assist on his debut for the Super Eagles
The Super Eagles have scored a record 22 goals in this qualifying campaign with Osimhen scoring 10 of the goals
FULL TIME: Nigeria 6-0 Sao Tome
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