Africa

Drama As Nigeria Squander Four-Goal Lead

Friday, November 13
*Nigeria 4-4 Sierra Leone

There was late drama as Sierra Leone battled from goals down to draw giants Nigeria in an AFCON Group L game.

Nigeria, three-time AFCON champions (1980, 1994 and 2013) were on course for an emphatic win when they led 4-0 inside the first half but a determined Sierra Leone fought back to produce one of the biggest comebacks in African football.

A star studden Nigeria side, ranked 29th in the World, could settle for a point against Sierra Leone who are 129th in World Rankings! A gulf of 100 places.

What happened at Samuel Ogbemudia stadium on Friday night is reminiscent of events in 2010 Africa Cup of Nations when Angola threw away a four-goal lead to draw with Mali.

The Super Eagles took an early lead through Alex Iwobi’s goal in the 4th minute.

It was 4-0 just before the half-hour mark courtesy of goals from Victor Osimhen, Iwobi and Samuel Chukwueze as the hosts capitalised from school boy errors from the visitors.

Sierra Leone produced what then looked like a kick of a dying horse with Kwame Quee bringing one back for his side as they trailed 4-1 at the break.

Alhaji Kamara nodded home to halve the deficit at 4-2 in the 72nd minute before substitute Mustafa Bundu made it 4-3 with ten minutes on the clock.

Kamara grabbed his second, the fourth and an equaliser for his side with just four minutes on the clock to complete a historical comeback for his side.

Nigeria move to seven points while Sierra Leone are third in group L with two points, with Benin and Lesotho playing on Saturday.

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