All is now set for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between Nigeria and Sierra Leone national teams at the new Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, Edo State.
Technically, the Super Eagles are 180 minutes away from sealing their place at the next continental showpiece and Gernot Rohr’s team gives room for optimism.
While the Super Eagles have six points from their first two games in these series, the Leone Stars have only gotten one point from the same number of games.
So a win this evening and another on Tuesday will seal qualification for Nigeria.
Meanwhile, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the carnival-like atmosphere will be missing around the Eagles but with the star-studded team set to be paraded, the goals should not be missing.
Friday’s tie in Benin City will be the 14th meeting between Nigeria and Sierra Leone since the countries first clashed in 1961 in an international friendly match, which ended 4-2 in favour of the Nigerians.
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Kickoff is 5.00 p.m.
Game underway at the sam Ogbemudia stadium
The Super Eagles are one goal ahead courtesy of a fine strike by Alex Iwobi
Free kick for Nigeria
Chukwueze takes it but straight into the hands of the goalkeeper
The Leone star attempt a move from the right flank but they have been checkmated
Another free kick for Nigeria with a foul on Joe Aribo
This arguably the first time the Super Eagles will be playing a competitive match of this magnitude without their vociferous fans cheering them on.
Ahmed Musa tries to drive through the Leone Stars’ defense. He has been checkmated swiftly
Coach Gernot Rohr on his feet, the one goal lead far from being enough to be satisfied with
Goal… Victor Osimhen makes it 2-0
Water break for both teams after that second goal from Osimhen
Action back on after the short break
it has been Nigeria all the way so far with 71% of the ball possession compared to Sierra Leone’s 29%
Goal…. Iwobi makes it 3-0
A lob fron outside the box by Iwobi makes it 3-0 for Nigeria 🇳🇬
Goal.. Chukwueze makes it 4-0
Chukwueze hits the roof of the net after taking on three Leone Stars defenders
Just 30 minutes played and its Nigeria 4-0 Sierra Leone.. Raining goals in Benin City
Yellow Card.. Umaru Bangura gets the first booking
Bagura who is the Sierra Leone captain is punished for a perceived deliberate hand ball
Chance.. Osimhen comes close to making it five for Nigeria
The Super Eagles not slowing down at all as they look to add more goals to their tally
Goal for Sierra Leone
No clean sheet for Okoye or Nigeria
Yellow card. Yet another foul on Chukwueze and Kevin Wright gets booked for the cynical foul
Four minutes added time
Corner kick for Sierra Leone as they try to finish this half on a high
Free kick for Sierra Leone as Etebo is adjudged to have committed a foul
Half Time.. Nigeria 4-1 Sierra Leone
The two teams are strolling back to the pitch as we get set for the second half
The Super Eagles get the game back underway
Free kick for Nigeria as Ahmed Musa is fouled by the Sierra Leone players
CHANCE! Osimhen come quite close to getting his second and Nigeria’s fifth goal there
Etebo wins a free kick for Nigeria off a foul from John Kamara
Zaidu whips in a low cross into the Sierra Leone box but the defenders make a frenetic clearance
Okoye rushes out to make a save as the Leone Stars are battling to reduce the deficit
Leon Balogun not looking comfortable after that late challenge on him
Rohr pulls of Balogun for Semi Ajayi
And Musa makes way for Kelechi Iheanacho
A sticky situation for Sierra Leone there but they wriggle their way out.. Still Nigeria 4-1 Sierra Leone
Game back on
Another change for Sierra Leone as Kaykay comes in for Dumbuya
Osimhen with another chance but no goal this time
GOAL… Alhaji Kamara makes it 4-2
Injury scare for Osimhen
The Napoli striker is to be stretched out
Appears to have injured his wrist.. Real concern here for Nigeria
Chidera Edjuke to come in for injured Osimhen Onuachu preferred as a replacement for Osimhen while Chidera Edjuke replaces Chukwueze
And another goal… Mustapha Bundu makes is 4-3 for Sierra Leone
Kamara with his second goal of the game!!
Sierra Leone even looking for the fifth goal
Corner kick for Nigeria
Free kick for Nigeria taken by Iheanacho but great save by the keeper
Four-minute added time
Chance for Nigeria but Onuachu fails to make the needed touch
Another free-kick and Iheancho to take it
Off the mark
FT: Nigeria 4-4 Siera Leone
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