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AFCON qualifiers: Osimhen roars! ... We'll give everything against Sierra Leone

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Noah Ferguson | 14 November, 2020, 21:28

Nigeria appeared to have three 2021 qualifying points in the bag when they built a four-goal lead after 31 minutes in Benin City against opponents 88 places below them in the world rankings.

Sierra Leone shocked the Super Eagles of Nigeria with a remarkable second half comeback in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers played in Benin on Friday night.

The Eagles had gone into a quick four-goal lead after two goals from Everton striker, Alex Iwobi in the fourth and 27th minute, and one goal each from Napoli of Italy star, Victor Osimhen (22nd) and Samuel Chukwueze (29th).

Sierra Leone began their stunning fightback just before half-time when Kwame Quee grabbed what looked to be a consolation goal.

Nigeria remain top of their group on seven points - with Sierra Leone third, five points adrift.

Captain Ahmed Musa and his deputy, William Ekong sang similar tunes as Coach Rohr in previewing the two encounters with the Leone Stars, saying the players are hungry for victory in both games as they want to assure an early spot in Cameroon.

Tunisia kept their 100% record in the qualifiers with a 1-0 home victory over Tanzania, while Morocco's Hakim Ziyech scored twice as they beat Central African Republic 4-1 but South Africa struggled before winning 2-0 at home to Sao Tome e Principe.

Percy Tau put Bafana Bafana ahead on 55 minutes from the penalty spot after he was fouled and Zungu nodded a corner past substitute goalkeeper Nilson Taty.

Ghana lead Group C with a maximum nine points, South Africa have six, Sudan three and Sao Tome are pointless.

Tunisia and Mali, both top-10 ranked countries in Africa, would have expected to win more convincingly than 1-0 at home to Tanzania and Namibia respectively.

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