Nigeria Defeats 10-Man Mozambique 3-2 in Friendly Match


An Uninspiring Super Eagles performance finally saw the team end its 15-game international friendly winless streak against 10-man Mozambique, in Portugal.

Mozambique took an early lead in the sixth minute, thanks to Geny Catamo’s goal, with Witi providing the assist.

However, the Super Eagles quickly fought back, with Terem Moffi equalizing in the 18th minute.

Nigeria’s Frank Onyeka had a couple of attempts on goal, but Mozambique goalkeeper, Ernan Siluane made some outstanding saves to deny him.

Siluane’s efforts were commendable, but he couldn’t prevent Onyeka from giving Nigeria the lead for the first time in the game just before the half-hour mark.

The match took a wrong turn for the East Africans, when in the 37th minute one of Mozambique’s defenders fouled Joe Aribo, resulting in a red card and reducing Mozambique to 10 men.

This gave the Super Eagles a further advantage on the field.

Just before the half-time whistle, Nigeria was awarded a penalty after a handball inside the Mozambique box.

Moses Simon confidently converted the spot kick, extending Nigeria’s lead, 3-1, going into the break.

Mozambique showed resilience and determination in the second half, managing to reduce the deficit through Faisal Bangal’s goal in the 55th minute.

However, despite their efforts, they were unable to find an equalizer.

The match saw some controversial moments for Nigeria’s substitute Umar Sadiq, who had two goals ruled out for offside.

These decisions added to the excitement and tension of the game.

With this victory, Nigeria’s Super Eagles can now shift their focus to the upcoming 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Lesotho and Zimbabwe next month.


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