The Nigerian national team, the Super Eagles, secured their first friendly game victory in five years by defeating Mozambique 3-2, even without their key player Victor Osimhen. Mozambique initially took the lead through Geny Catamo’s goal in the seventh minute, raising concerns that Nigeria’s winless streak in friendly matches would continue. However, Terem Moffi of OGC Nice equalized for the Super Eagles with a close-range shot 13 minutes later at the Estádio Municipal de Albufeira in Portugal. Nigeria continued to dominate the game, and at the half-hour mark, Frank Onyeka of Brentford capitalized on a loose ball at the edge of the box, putting Nigeria in the lead with a goal.
Despite Mozambique being reduced to ten men after a foul on Joe Aribo in the 37th minute, it took Nigeria some additional time to score their third goal. The Mambas conceded a penalty when their player handled Fisayo Dele-Bashiru’s free-kick, and Simon Moses converted it, giving Nigeria a comfortable lead at halftime. In the second half, both teams attempted to score, but it was Mozambique that managed to reduce the deficit with a goal from Faisal Abdul Bangal. Nigeria made substitutions, including Sadiq Umar, who had two goals disallowed for offside.
Despite four minutes of added time, the Super Eagles successfully defended their lead and secured their first friendly victory since their 1-0 win over Egypt in March 2019. In the period between that victory and the recent game, Nigeria played fifteen friendly matches, ending in seven losses and eight draws.