Nigeria picks three points off Sierra Leone after a come-from-behind 2-1 victory at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Thursday.
Sierra Leone scored first, surprising the home team.
The goal reminded Nigerians of the last home game a 4-4 draw against Sierra Leone in Benin.
Jonathan Morsay scored a stunning goal with a diving header from a pin-point pull-out from Alhassan Koroma.
Goals from Alex Iwobi and Victor Osimhen ensured Nigeria won the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification game.
Sportsintel.ng serves you important things to note from the game.
Nigeria Vs Sierra Leone: First Win For Peseiro
2-1 was a result that didn’t reflect the attacking intent of the super eagles despite a slow start.
Peseiro’s 4-2-4 tactics showed attacking intent, but that almost backfired as the Leone Stars controlled the midfield.
A quick switch gave Nigeria momentum, and they dominated before switching to a 3 – 5-2 with the introduction of Etebo.
Uzoho: Time And Chance On the Road To redemption
Super Eagles Goalie Francis Uzoho got a start in the absence of Maduka Okoye. That rare opportunity is a chance to seek redemption after his mistake in the world cup qualifier against Ghana cost Nigeria qualification for Qatar 2022.
As early as the 4th minute, a rasping shot from Mohamed Turay was tipped over the bar by Francis Uzoho.
After conceding the first goal, Uzoho stopped the Sierra Leonians from scoring a second with a fingertip save that kept the Eagles in the game.
However, one good outing is not enough, but the Omonia Nicosia goal tender will hope time and chance help him succeed.
Nigeria Vs Sierra Leone: Bassey In Good Company
Calvin Bassey is making the left-back position his own with another top performance. He is sending all the right messages to Zaidu Sanusi and Collins about the mission to dominate.
Since struggling to play in an African atmosphere during the FIFA world cup qualifiers, Bassey has since turned a corner with three straight men of the match worthy performances for the Eagles.
Also, it’s exciting to note that he can play from the left centre-back position.
What Manner Of Pitch At The MKO Abiola Stadium
The Abuja pitch was a big talking point during the game as it moved from the standard field for Nigeria vs Ghana game to a washout.
Both teams had to adapt to the wet and patchy surface throughout the game.
Recently, the MKO Abiola stadium underwent refurbishment with the support of Aliko Dangote, and fans thought the new pitch will stay, but that was not the case.
Osimhen Is Forever A Machine
Another impressive outing for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen in his usual style led from the front.
He made his impact by pressing from the front and getting the winning goal with a poacher mentality.
Four minutes before halftime, Osimhen scored Nigeria’s second when he drove the ball into the roof of the net from a Simon header off Ola Aina’s cross from the right.
The Eagles top Group A and head to Agadir, Morocco, for Day 2 encounter against São Tomé and Príncipe Monday evening.