Nigeria 10-0 Sao Tome and Principe Super Eagles’ biggest win in football
With Jose Peseiro’s men demolishing the Falcons and True Parrots Team in Monday’s 2023 Afcon qualifier, GOAL highlights some of the country’s biggest wins in the beautiful game
Nigeria 5-0 Ghana (October 20, 1951)
This is the first time the country’s senior national team scored at least five goals in an international outing.
And this happened when Nigeria squared up against their eternal rivals in a Jalco Cup fixture played at the National Stadium, Lagos.
A brace from Friday Okoh and goals from Cyril Asoluka, Peter Anieke and Titus Okereke powered Adewale Adegoke’s men to a 5-0 triumph.
Nigeria 10-1 Dahomey (November 29, 1959)
Prior to Nigeria’s 10-0 demolition of Sao Tome and Principe in Morocco, this result stood as the country’s biggest win ever.
Now Burkina Faso, Dahomey suffered a 10-1 loss in a Nkrumah Cup fixture.
In the 11-goal clash, the team handled by Israeli tactician Jerry Beit haLevi brought down the Squirrels with Onyeali Elkana finding the net on four occasions.
Buraimoh Abudu bagged a hat-trick while Albert Onyeawuna, Dejo Fayemi and Daniel Okwudili also registered their names among the goalscorers at the National Stadium, Lagos.
Nigeria 6-1 Upper Volta (December 29, 1964)
Again, Lagos was the slaughter slab as Burkina Faso – known as Upper Volta at that time – got battered in an All African Games qualifier.
Asuquo Ekpe got a brace will goals from Godwin Achebe, Edwin Uzomah, Ekedebe, and Johnny Egbuonu ensured that Jozsef Ember’s side sent the Stallions packing.
Nigeria 7-0 Benin Republic (February 14, 1977)
Benin Republic got a humiliating Valentine Day’s gift from the Super Eagles in a friendly encounter.
Heading into the game after decimating Sierra Leone 6-2 in a World Cup qualifier four months earlier, Tiko Jelisavcic-led Eagles hit the Squirrels for seven in a Lagos.
Thompson Usiyen was scored thrice, while Godwin Iwelimo bagged a brace. Others on the scorers’ sheet were Samuel Ojebode and Alloy Atuegbu.
Nigeria 7-0 Benin Republic (January 14, 1978)
Benin Republic’s mission of avenging their defeat against the Super Eagles did not see the light of the day after they were subdued 7-0 in an All African Games qualifier.
Legendary Segun Odegbami led the convincing win with a hat-trick, while Adokiye Amesiamaka found the net on two occasions.
Also finding the net were Godwin Odiye and captain Christian Chukwu at the National Stadium, Lagos.
Nigeria 7-1 Burkina Faso (July 27, 1991)
The Super Eagles’ dominance over the Stallion continued. This time it was in a 1992 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match.
After playing a 1-1 draw in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso travelled to Lagos for the reverse fixture. And again, they returned home with heads bowed low.
Yekini was the tormentor-in-chief of the West Africans and he accentuated that fact with four goals, while strikes from Friday Elaho and Finidi George completed his heroics.
Nigeria 6-0 Ethiopia (July 24, 1993)
En route to qualifying for 1994 Afcon in Tunisia, Clemens Westerhof’s men secured one of their biggest wins over the Walia Antelopes.
Rasheed Yekini bagged a brace in the highly entertaining encounter, while Barnabas Imienger and Nduka Ugbade were among the goal scorers.
Interestingly, Peter Rufai sealed the victory from the penalty spot – thus, becoming the first Super Eagles goalkeeper to score for the West Africans.
Nigeria 5-0 Georgia (June 11, 1994)
In this friendly fixture played at the Liberty Stadium in Ibadan, the Super Eagles coached by Shuaibu Amodu overpowered the Europeans 5-0, with Rasheed Yekini and Samson Siasia bagging a brace each while Mutiu Adepoju netted the fifth goal.
Nigeria 6-1 Liberia ( October 13, 2012)
The Lone Stars joined the list of countries to get battered by the Nigeria senior national team.
In their bid to qualify for the 2013 Afcon held in South Africa, Keshi’s men welcomed Liberia to the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar.
Unfortunately, the visitors ended the game in tears after a double act by Victor Moses and goals from Efe Ambrose, Ahmed Musa, John Obi Mikel, and Ikechukwu Uche handed Nigeria victory.
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