Nigeria’s Super Eagles finally tasted a friendly win after a long drought, as they defeated Mozambique’s Mambas 3-2 on Monday at the Estadio Municipal de Albufeira in Portugal. The last time the Nigerian team won a friendly match was in March 2019, when they beat Egypt 1-0 before the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Super Eagles were stunned early in the game as Mozambique took the lead in the seventh minute through Geny Catamo, who pounced on a rebound after a save by goalkeeper Francis Uzoho. The Nigerians bounced back and levelled the score in the 20th minute when Terem Moffi scored from close range after a cross by Samuel Kalu.
The Super Eagles dominated the game and added two more goals before halftime. Frank Onyeka put them ahead in the 30th minute with a thunderous shot from the edge of the box that eluded the Mozambican keeper. Moses Simon then extended the lead in the 43rd minute from the penalty spot after a handball by a Mozambican defender in the box.
The second half was more subdued, as both teams made several changes. Mozambique reduced the deficit in the 76th minute when Luis Miquissone netted from a free kick that Uzoho could not stop. However, the Super Eagles held on to their lead and clinched their first friendly win in over four years.