Thursday, 7 October 2021

Nigeria suffers 1-0 defeat to Central African Republic

Nigeria suffered a 1-0 defeat to the Central African Republic in their 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifying fixture on Thursday. 

The three-time African champions struggled to break their visitors' defence at Teslim Balogun Stadium with no incisive attempt at goal and they were made to pay for it in the 90th minute as CAR converted their only shot on target through Karl Namnganda's strike.

The Central African Republic were solid and more co-ordinated at the back, and they got the reward for their tenacity as they took advantage of a miscalculation between William Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun, which left Namnganda to fire his shot past a helpless goalkeeper Francis Uzoho.

Following the lack of cutting edge in the first-half, Gernot Rohr decided to make a tactical change with Union Berlin striker Taiwo Awoniyi replacing Iheanacho immediately after the break. 

It was Awoniyi's maiden outing for the Super Eagles and he came closest to breaking the deadlock in the 53rd minute after Osimhen's shot struck the post but his effort was off target. 

Later in the encounter, Ahmed Musa and Bordeaux winger Samuel Kalu replaced Joe Aribo and Moses Simon respectively but their impacts were not enough to help the Super Eagles beat goalkeeper Prince Samola.

Despite the dropped points in Lagos, Gernot Rohr's men remain at the top of Group C with six points after three games while the Central African Republic moved up to the third spot with four points from the same number of games.

Earlier on Thursday, Cape Verde Islands fought back from behind to defeat Liberia 2-1 at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium, Accra.

They are level on four points with CAR while Liberia dropped to the bottom with three points.

Nigeria will continue their journey to Qatar 2022 with a trip to Douala for their return fixture against the Central African Republic on Sunday. 

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