Nigeria thrashes Sao Tome 10-0 in African Cup qualifiers

On Monday, Nigeria set a new national record by defeating Sao Tome and Principe 10-0 in African Cup qualifying, thanks to four goals from striker Victor Osimhen.


Nigeria’s biggest win in international soccer was a 10-1 triumph against Benin, which was then known as Dahomey, in 1959.


Osimhen scored the first goal for Nigeria against Sao Tome and Principe in the ninth minute and added his fourth in the 84th minute to make the score 9-0. Nigeria’s 10th goal came from Emmanuel Dennis, who scored a penalty in injury time.


Terem Moffi scored two goals, with Moses Simon, Oghenekaro Etebo, and Ademola Lookman all scoring.


Because Sao Tome and Principe was one of several countries refused the permission to host games on home soil by the Confederation of African Football because their national stadium was deemed insufficient for internationals, the game was played in Agadir, Morocco.


Sao Tome and Principe was also initially disqualified from the final qualifiers before they began due to the use of an ineligible player in a preliminary round, only to be reinstated after an appeal. Guinea-Bissau defeated Sao Tome 5-1 in the first qualifier.


Nigeria has also defeated Sierra Leone and leads Group A after two of six games, putting them on track to qualify for the 2023 African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast. This final qualifying round will determine which of the 23 teams will represent the host country at the event in June and July.


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