2022 WCQ: Rohr’s Eagles bounce back, beat CAR 2-0 in Younde

2022 WCQ: Rohr’s Eagles bounce back, beat CAR 2-0 in Younde
October 10 16:16 2021 Print This Article

The Super Eagles of Nigeria bounced back from their first-leg defeat to the Central Africa Republic to record a two-zero win in the return leg of the 2022 World cup qualifiers played at the Japoma Main stadium, Yaounde, Cameroon on Sunday.

Goals from Leon Balogun and Victor Osimhen ensured that they remained in pole position to win the group and qualify for the second round with only two games remaining.

Nigeria started the game with intent and before long had the opponent pinned to their own half of the pitch, a clear statement of seeking revenge over the reverse fixture last Thursday.

Rangers defender Leon Balogun silenced his Super Eagles critics when he netted his first-ever goal for Nigeria.

Osimhen doubled Nigeria’s lead with barely the last kick of the first half when he latched onto a pass from William Troost Ekong.

The duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa combined beautifully five minutes into the second half but the latter chose to go for a reverse pass to Victor Osimhen when an attempt at goal himself would have sufficed. The ball was duly cleared by the hosts.

Seven minutes later, Osimhen rounded the Central African Republic’s goalkeeper after a lofted pass by Joe Aribo but the ball was eventually cleared by the captain of the Central African Republic side.

The hosts had a glorious chance themselves to reduce the areas but it was the Super Eagles that had better chances towards the end of the game with the twinkle toed Chidera Ejuke creating all sorts of troubles for the opposition defenders.

The Super Eagles now have nine points from four games in the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign and would face Cape Verde and Liberia in November.

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