World Cup qualifier: Eagles record 2-0 victory over CAR to stay top of group


By Mukwuzi Joseph

The Super Eagles avenged their shocking 1-0 loss to Central African Republic in the 2022 World Cup qualifying game at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, by claiming a 2-0 victory in the reverse fixture in Douala, Cameroon on Sunday.

Karl Namnganda silenced Lagos fans on Thursday, finding the back of the net in the first minute of injury time after a mistake by Leon Balogun to hand Nigeria their first home defeat in a World Cup qualifying game in 40 years.

Balogun, however, turned from villain to hero, scoring the Eagles first goal on Sunday which was played at Japoma Stadium in Douala.

The Glasgow Rangers defender, found the back of the net just before the hour mark, latching unto a long pass to give the Eagles the lead after a cagey start to the game.

The Eagles’ continuous domination after their first goal paid off in the first half regulation time, as Napoli striker Victor Osimehn doubled the lead from close range, connecting with William Troost-Ekong’s cross.

The goal was Osimhen’s eighth for Nigeria in 16 international appearances.

Both sides went back to the dressing room with the Eagles firmly in control.

Though the Eagles had more opportunities to increase the tally in the second half, no further goals came as the game ended 2-0 in favour of Nigeria who lead the group with nine points from four games.

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