In a commanding display during a preparatory game for the 2023 AFCON on Sunday, January 7, 2024, Nigeria’s Super Eagles dominated Dubai Cultural Sports Club, securing a resounding 12-0 victory in Abu Dhabi. Atalanta winger Ademola Lookman exhibited remarkable prowess by contributing four goals to the impressive win, with Victor Osimhen, the CAF Men’s Player of the Year, securing a brace in the first half as the Eagles soared to a 6-0 lead.
Subsequent to halftime, the team’s depth was evident as substitute Moses Simon and Umar Sadiq each added a brace to the scoreline. Additionally, Dubai Cultural Sports Club unintentionally contributed to the Eagles’ success with two own goals. The encounter, held behind closed doors, showcased the prowess of Coach Jose Peseiro’s tutored Super Eagles.
Looking ahead, the team is set to engage in a more challenging friendly against Guinea on Monday, January 8, 2024, at the Bani Yas Stadium. Following this fixture, the Eagles are scheduled to return to Nigeria on Tuesday before embarking on their journey to Cote d’Ivoire the next day for the AFCON 2023 tournament. Their Group A campaign is slated to commence on January 14, 2023, against Equatorial Guinea.