Daddy Moses restores Nigeria's pride in Bissau

SUPER EAGLES Daddy Moses restores Nigeria's pride in Bissau

Izuchukwu Akawor 19:02 - 27.03.2023

Nigeria Super Eagles have put smiles back on the faces of Nigerians after scoring their first goal in over six hours of football

Nigeria Super Eagles are back to winning ways following a narrow win over Guinea-Bissau in Bissau on Monday.

Ligue 1 winger, Moses Simon, scored the decisive goal as the Super Eagles defeated the Wild Dogs 1-0 to reclaim their place at the top of the table.

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The revenge is now complete, with the Super Eagles back at the top of Group A after scoring their first goal in four matches.

First half

After the shock defeat at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja, the Super Eagles knew only a victory in Bissau would be good enough.

The Super Eagles started on a positive note and dominated the opening quarter of the game but Guinea-Bissau defended well.

Nigeria piled on the pressure while the Wild Dogs were just content to sit back and soak up the pressure from their visitors.

But just before the half-hour mark, impressive Fenerbahce fullback, Bright Osayi-Samuel took matters into his hand as he was hacked down in the Guinea-Bissau box following a brilliant run.

The Moroccan referee had no choice but to point to the spot, with Moses stepping up to convert calmly and superbly to give Nigeria the lead.

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Moses Simon scored his ninth international goal for Nigeria.

Chukwueze’s miss for Super Eagles

Five minutes later, Nigeria had another golden opportunity to double the lead following a counterattack move that saw Samuel Chukwueze, who was expected not to start, and Victor Osimhen against a Guinea-Bissau defender.

However, Chukwueze ignored an easy pass to Osimhen for a shot which went way off the mark to Osimhen's disappointment.

Samuel Chukwueze will not want to watch a replay of his performance vs Guinea-Bissau.

Semi Ajayi came close again with a header moments later but his header was easily saved as Nigeria went into the break with a slim lead.

Second half

It was a slow start to the second half in Bissau as Nigeria looked for the second goal to kill off the game.

But it wasn't until just before the hour mark that Super Eagles came close as Osimhen rattled the post from nothing.

Nigeria vs Guinea-Bissau: Osimhen caged by his teammates.
Nigeria's Victor Osimhen hit the post in Bissau.

Four minutes after the Osimhen chance, a defensive mix-up in the Nigerian defence led by goalkeeper Francis Uzoho almost gave the host a lifeline but their blushes were saved.

Joe Aribo came on and nearly made an immediate impact following good work from Moses Simon. But the Southampton midfielder saw his well-taken effort excellently saved by the Guinea-Bissau goalkeeper.

Super Eagles star Joe Aribo came closest to adding to the scoreline in Bissau.

It was the last real opportunity in the game as Nigeria Super Eagles held on to take home a slim win that sees them return to the top of Group A.

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