On Sunday, September 10, Nigeria will play Sao Tome and Principe at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in the final round of the 2023 African Cup of Nations qualifying matches.
In one of the AFCON qualification matches taking place throughout the continent this weekend, the Super Eagles and Sao Tome will trade tackles. The three-time African Champions, who have already qualified for next year’s World Cup, will try to finish this stage on a high before focusing on the main event in January 2024.
Nigeria vs Sao Tome and Principe
The hosts had a successful qualification campaign overall, earning a spot in their third straight AFCON finals. In their most recent match, Nigeria defeated Sierra Leone 3-2. After blowing a two-goal lead in the second half, Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City scored a late goal to secure the victory.
Nigeria has 12 points after five games to lead qualifying group A. The final game for Jose Peseiro’s team is against Sao Tome and Principe, although it won’t mean anything. Nigeria defeated Sierra Leone 3-2 on the road in the previous round. Nigeria won the game with a perfect score because they had too much firepower.
One of the worst teams in Africa is Sao Tome and Principe. They have never participated in the Africa Cup of Nations, and it is improbable that they will do so in the near future. From the first five games of the qualification round, Sao Tome and Principe only garnered one point. They fell to Guinea Bissau 1-0 at home in the previous round. Even for a weak Sao Tome and Principe, losing by only one goal was a fantastic outcome because everyone expected the visitors to play much better.
Sao Tome has nothing left to play for this Sunday in Uyo other than saying goodbye to their fans who are watching from afar and hope to score a consoling goal.
The first ever head-to-head encounter between Nigeria and Sao Tome was played last year. Nigeria dominated that match, winning 10-0. Victor Osimhen, Alex Iwobi, and other well-known players from Nigeria participated in that match. On Sunday against Sao Tome and Principe, we anticipate them to triumph once more. We have one of the strongest national teams in Africa playing one of the tiniest countries, which is a clear mismatch. At a previous stage, Nigeria showed utter disrespect in their first encounter. Although we do not anticipate the same outcome this time, we believe Nigeria will score at least four goals.
Nigeria has won its last two games after losing their previous five. However, in their previous five home games, they have only had one victory. Sao Tome and Principe, meanwhile, have lost their last two games in a row and have gone 17 games in all competitions without a victory. The visitors should be completely dominated due to the extreme difference in caliber and quality between the two squads.
Tip: Nigeria to Win / Over 3.5 Goals
Nigeria to Win – ✅
Over 3.5 Goals – ✅
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