AFCON QUALIFIERS:Victor Osimhen Bags Hat-Trick As Super Eagles Put Six Goals Past Hapless Sao Tome

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By Our Correspondent

Nigeria have comfortably defeated Sao Tome and Principe in the final match of the group stage of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Victor Osimhen scored his hat-trick in the game which ended 6-0.

Jose Peseiro’s team came into the game having secured 12 points from five matches and on top of Group A. They have already secured enough points to qualify for the 2023 Nations Cup.

Their opponent, Sao Tome even before the clash were out of contention having managed to get just a point and were bottom of Group A.

Sao Tome however, hoped to prove a point after their captain, Luis Leal, boasted his team are in Uyo to “thrash” and “humiliate” the Super Eagles.

But the Nigerian side excited their fans at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo early in the game when the Eagles pressed and scored the opener in the 13th minute.

Ademola delivered a pass for prolific striker, Osimhein, who didn’t waste time to strike into the Sao Tome goal post.

After mounting further pressure on the visitors, Ademola, who provided the assist for the first goal, got his in the 27th minute through an assist from Wilfred Ndidi.

The first half ended 2-0 in favour of the Super Eagles who dominated the whole half.

Taiwo Awoniyi got his goal six minutes into the second half scoring an acrobatic kick after Kelechi Iyeanacho passed the ball onto his chest in the 18-yard box.

Victor Boniface replaced Awoniyi in the 64th minute to make his debut for the Nigerian team.

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