Nigeria opened their Africa Cup Of Nations Qualification 2023 at the MKO Abiola Stadium inside Abuja in a shut Stadium with no fans..
The Super Eagles began the match with a few top stars like Emmanuel Dennis, Bonke, Wilfred Ndidi, Ahmed Musa and others missing from the starting line. The likes of Aribo, Victor Osimhen, Moses Simon and Alex Iwobi however started the match.
In the 11th minute, Sierra Leone scored Morsay’s first goal of the game, but Alex Iwobi equalised 1 – 1 in the 16th minute.
Victor Osimhen scored in the 41st minute to finish the first half with a 2 — 1 result.
Peseiro shouldn’t have started the match with Umar Sadiq prior to Ademola Lookman, because Sadiq made no crucial contribution throughout the first half, but Lookman was a live wire against the Leone Stars.
Having Samuel Chukwueze start before Dennis Emmanuel was a terrible mistake. Samuel had been a waste, but Dennis could have been an even greater risk to Sierra Leone.
He also should have begun Etebo in the center for more stability, because Leone stars easily won the midfield battle quickly and easily. With his experience, Etebo would have ripped their flesh off.
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