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.