Balogun, Osimhen fire Super Eagles to redemption

Balogun, Osimhen fire Super Eagles to redemption
Leon Balogun of Nigeria during the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Central African Republic and Nigeria held at the Omnisports Stadium in Ngaoundere, Cameroon on 10 October 2021 © Alain Guy Suffo/BackpagePix

by Bertin Basson

Sunday Oct 10, 2021. 17:28

Nigeria got their revenge in a CAF second round 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match as they defeated the Central African Republic (CAR) 2-0 at Stade de la Réunification in Douala on Sunday.

The Super Eagles slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat against the same opponents in Lagos earlier this week, but redeemed themselves to move five-points clear atop Group C, ahead of Cape Verde’s match at home to Liberia later this evening.

Shockwaves were sent through Nigeria following the defeat as pressure mounted on head coach Gernot Rohr but the West African nation delivered a timely response.

Leon Balogun atoned for his costly mistake in defeat to the Wild Beasts by opening the scoring in the 29th minute of the match in Cameroon. The defender provided a striker’s finish after staying up-field and profited from a precise Chidozie Awaziem cross to fire the visitors in front.

The Super Eagles made it two before the break as defensive partner William Troost-Ekong found Victor Osimhen who finished with aplomb from close range to build on his impressive scoring record at international level.

This forced the hosts into a change of approach after the interval but Nigeria held firm and they will go into the November round of qualifiers holding at least a two-point lead with two matches remaining.

Central African Republic (0) 0

Nigeria (2) 2 (Balogun 29′ Osimhen 45+1′)


Central African Republic: Samolah; Ngam-Ngam, Ndobe, Ban (Ndambakizi 54′), Yangao, Guinari, Toropite (Grengou 79′), Urie (Namnganda 54′), Niamathe, Gaopandia (Kpeko 79′), M’Vondo Ze (Ngoma 46′).

Nigeria: Okoye; Balogun (Omeruo 74′), Troost-Ekong, Collins, Awaziem, Ayodele-Aribo, Onyeka, Musa (Ejuke 67′), Simon, Iheanacho (Innocent 74′), Osimhen.

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