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Qatar 2022: Super Eagles soar over Blue Sharks in Cape Verde

The Super Eagles have secured their second win of the FIFA World Cup qualifying series with a 2-1 victory over the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde on Tuesday.

Victor Osimhen’s strike and Kenny Rocha Santos’ own goal were enough as the three-time African Champions secured a 2-1 victory.

The host had scored the first goal in the 19th minute after Dylan Dos Santos beat an offside trap to fire his left-footed shot past goalkeeper Maduka Okoye before Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen capitalised on a defensive error to draw both teams levelled in the 29th minute as the first half ended 1-1.

At the restart of the second half, Nigeria sought the second goal with both sides making some couple of changes.

However, Nigeria got the second goal from another defensive error again as Kenny Rocha Santos played the ball into his team’s net after the goalkeeper had left his position.

Following this victory, Nigeria will shift their attention to next month’s double-header clash against CAR with the aim of extending their dominance in the group while Cape Verde have a date with Liberia in October.

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Meanwhile, Ahmed Musa, has become the third player in the country’s history to make 100 appearances.

Musa reached the milestone yesterday as he was picked to start against Cape Verde in a World Cup qualifying fixture in Mindelo.

The 28-year-old first represented the country at youth level, before making his senior debut on August 5, 2010 in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Madagascar.

He becomes only the third centurion for the Super Eagles, with Joseph Yobo and Vincent Enyeama both on 101 caps each.

Musa will have the chance to draw level with Yobo and Enyeama, if he plays against the Central African Republic in October.

He has scored 15 times so far for Nigeria while Malmo’s Innocent Bonke and Bolgona’s Kingsley Michael were handed starting debuts, in the absence of Wilfred Ndidi and Joe Aribo.

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