Africa

World Cup Qualifiers: Nigeria Overcome Seven UK-based Absentees To Beat Cape Verde

Tuesday, September 7
*Ethiopia 1-0 Zimbabwe
*Malawi 1-0 Mozambique
*Tanzania 3-2 Masagascar
*Zambia 0-2 Tunisia
*Cape Verde 1-2 Nigeria
*Congo 1-3 Senegal
*Equatorial Guinea 1-0 Mauritania
*Angola 1-0 Libya
*Burkina Faso 1-1 Algeria
*Sudan 2-4 Guinea Bissau


Depleted Nigeria managed to overcome a couple of absentees to get the job done against Cape Verde in their second match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

The Super Eagles who beat Liberia on Friday, saw their players based in United Kingdom travel back and missed the trip to Cape Verde due to Covid19 restrictions.

This, is because Cape Verde is on the British government’s travel red list – Anyone returning from any of those red listed countries to the UK has to quarantine for ten days which would see them miss matches for their clubs.

The players who missed the Cape Verde tie include Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho who had scored a brace in their win over Liberia.

His Leicester City teammate Wilfred Ndidi, Everton’s Alex Iwobi, Watford duo of Oghenekaro Etebo and Troost Ekong, Rangers pair of Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo all missed the game on Tuesday.

CAF had requested UK government to exempt African international footballers from its travel restrictions to allow them to travel for the World Cup qualifiers.

In the game where Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa marked his 100th cap, the Gernot Rohr’s men needed a late Kelly Santos own goal to seal maximum points.

Victor Osimhen had earlier levelled matters after Dylan Dos Santos had scored the opener for the hosts in Mindelo.


Brian Kawalya

Brian Kawalya

Chief Sports Writer
Brian Kawalya is an Award winning Journalist, Director and Chief Sports Writer of The-SportsNation, covering top events and breaking some of the biggest stories.
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