AFCON Qualifiers

Nigeria draw with Sierra Leone to close in on qualification

Nigeria draw with Sierra Leone to close in on qualification

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are inching closer to the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations after they were held to a goalless draw by Sierra Leone at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown on Tuesday.

The result lifts Nigeria to eight points in Group L, five more than third-placed Sierra Leone and one more than the second-placed Benin Republic who also played out a goalless draw with Lesotho in the other group game.

The Super Eagles came into the game knowing a win would seal a place at the AFCON with two games left and following the humiliation of giving up a four-goal lead in the first leg in Benin, Nigeria also had the added motivation of securing a win as a matter of pride.

A win against either Benin Republic or Lesotho on their final two matches will guarantee Nigeria’s place in Cameroon.

Coach Gernot Rohr failed to get the needed result to ease off the pressure on his position but Nigeria lives to fight again and can secure qualification when they visit Benin Republic in the 2022 AFCON Qualifiers matchday five in March 2021 or in their final game at home to Lesotho.

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