The Super Eagles of Nigeria advanced to the round of 16 of the ongoing AFCON 2023 tournament following a 1-0 win over Guinea-Bissau in their final group match at the Felix Houphouet Boigny stadium in Abidjan last night.
An own goal by Opa Sangante was enough for the Super Eagles to claim victory in their historic 100th AFCON match. The win was however not enough to finish top of Group A.
Nigeria initially lined up with an experimental three-man backline and started at a high tempo but Guinea-Bissau soon settled into the encounter and tested Nwabali with a tame shot.
An own goal from Sangante who bungled Moses Simon’s low cross into his own goal with Victor Osimhen waiting to convert, put the Eagles ahead.
The victory means the Super Eagles maintain a hundred percent record against the African Wild Dogs in their two-match AFCON history.
Nigeria finish Group A with seven points, level on points with group winners Equatorial Guinea who finished with a superior goals difference.
The Super Eagles will face the second-placed team in Group C where any one of Cameroon and Guinea lies in waiting.