Saturday, November 28, 2020

Sierra Leone holds Eagles to goalless draw in Freetown

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The Super Eagles played a goalless draw against Sierra Leone in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at the Siaka Stevens Stadium, Freetown yesterday.

The Eagles failed to redeem their image after they squandered a 4-0 lead to draw 4-4 in the first leg played at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium last Friday.

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, had after the Friday game in Benin, charged the Eagles to defeat their opponents by four unreplied goals, saying the match was his worst result as president of the federation.

Coach Gernot Rohr kept faith with most of the players who started the game in Benin, keeping Maduka Okoye in goal and Kevin Akpoguma as right back.

His only changes were Ola Aina who came in for Zaidu Sanusi at left-back and Kelechi Iheanacho who replaced injured Victor Osimhen.

Iheanacho had earlier found the back of the net in the 61st minute but the goal didn’t count as the referee had already blown his whistle for offside.

With the goalless draw, the Eagles still stay top of Group L with eight points, one ahead of second-placed Benin Republic who also played a goalless draw in Lesotho.

The Eagles will travel to Benin Republic for their match-day five fixture, knowing a win will secure qualification for the AFCON, while Lesotho host the Leone Stars.