Eagles Draw Against Sierra Leone Delays AFCON Qualification


Super Eagles Line up

Nigeria’s qualification for the AFCON 2022 will wait another matchday after a scoreless draw with Sierra Leone in Freetown on Tuesday.

Nigeria created the early chances, with Captain Ahmed Musa shooting wide and goalkeeper Mohamed Kamara saving from Iheanacho within the first three minutes.

In the 11th minute, Mohamed Turay, who pestered the Eagles’ defence relentlessly, headed over the bar from a cross by Kei Kamara.

Maduka Okoye kept his first clean sheet for Nigeria

In the 22nd minute, Maduka Okoye saved from Kwame Quee, and on the half hour.

Iheanacho wasted a great chance to put Nigeria ahead by shooting wild just outside the box.

Two minutes later, Joseph Ayodele-Aribo, needing just to place the ball beyond the goalkeeper in the box, fluffed his lines.

Iheanacho Attempts a curler

The ding-dong continued in the second half.

Also, in the 52nd minute, after great work by Samuel Chukwueze, Iheanacho again lifted the ball too high.

the Leone Stars also had their own chances, with Turay, Kei Kamara and Mustapha Bundu raiding the Nigeria goal area now and again.

Aina Musa

Furthermore, the draw keeps Nigeria at the top of Group L with eight points, one more than second –placed Benin Republic.

Sierra Leone stay third with three points, and Lesotho bottom of the table with two.

Next up for the Super Eagles is the Day 5 clash with second –placed Benin Republic in Cotonou in March 2021.

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