The Super Eagles of Nigeria have secured their place in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations tournament after a stunning 3-0 victory over Sierra Leone. The intense encounter was a test of the Nigerian team’s tenacity and will, as they faced an ambitious Sierra Leone side who were determined to take advantage of their one and only chance to qualify.
Super Eagles defender, Kenneth Omeruo, shared his thoughts on the game in a post-match interview. He acknowledged Sierra Leone’s determination and expressed his satisfaction with the Nigerian team’s ability to maintain composure.
The game was a rollercoaster of emotions, with Victor Osimhen giving the Super Eagles the lead with a brace, but Mustapha Bundu and Augustus Kargbo helping Sierra Leone tie the score. However, in the last minute of play, Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho received a cross from Porto FC left-back Zaidu Sanusi and broke through the Leoneans’ defenders to give Nigeria the win.
Omeruo stressed the importance of concentration, highlighting a critical moment in the match that could have shifted the outcome. He explained that concentration is crucial and that the game would have died in the first half if a clear penalty had been given. However, the Nigerian team remained focused until the end, securing their ticket to the next stage.
With a game to spare, the Super Eagles have secured their 20th AFCON qualification, which will be held next year in Côte d’Ivoire. The victory is a testament to the team’s hard work and determination, and fans can look forward to seeing them compete in the tournament.