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AFCON 2023 Qualifiers: Osimhen scores brace as Nigeria secures qualification

by Lesley Ngwa
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Nigerian and Napoli striker Victor Osimhen was on target twice against Sierra Leone as his country Nigeria defeated the Lone Stars 2#3 to secure a place at the 2023 AFCON to be hosted by Cote D’Ivoire.

Kelechi Iheanacho scored the winning goal in the 5th minute of added time after Augustus Kargbo had equalized for Sierra Leone in the 84th minute.

Nigeria appeared on course for a fairly straightforward victory over Sierra Leone after two goals from Victor Osimhen put them 2#0 ahead after 32 minutes of play.

Osimhen’s two goals put the striker level with Senegalese Sadio Mane as the leading scorers in the qualifiers with five goals each.

Sierra Leone pulled one back before half time and equalized in the 84th minute through Augustus Kargbo.

With just about 55 seconds left to the end of the match, Nigeria’s left back Zaidu Sanusi cut through the defense and provided a cross for Leicester’s Iheanacho to tap in to take the Super Eagles to the African Cup.

Guinea-Bissau also qualified from Group A alongside Nigeria.

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