How Nigeria Qualified for AFCON 2021, Ended Benin 8-yr home unbeaten record


Here is how Super Eagles secured
Africa Cup of Nations’ ticket even before the kick-off of their match with Benin Republic on Saturday

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations, even before the kick-off of their match with Benin Republic on Saturday evening in Porto Novo, Benin Republic.

This is the consequence of Sierra Leone being unable to secure maximum points in their Group L match with Lesotho in Maseru some minutes ago.

Third-placed Sierra Leone thus have four points going into the last match day. The scoreline and the cumulative point thus make the current Nigeria’s eight point at the moment unassailable even at the time a match was still outstanding.

The 0-0 scoreline in Maseru also have positive effect on Benin Republic who are currently second and having seven points.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles have ended Benin Republic’s eight-year unbeaten home run.

The three-time African champions defeated the Squirrels 1-0 at the Stade Charles de Gaulle, Porto Novo on Saturday night.

Genk of Belgium forward Paul Onuachu netted the winning goal in the 93rd minute following a goalmouth scramble.

“It was a sweet victory. It really feels good to finally end Benin’s eight-year unbeaten record at home,”Rohr said after the game.

” Even when the goal refused to come, my players remained calm because we already knew the result of the game between Lesotho and Sierra Leone. We had also already qualified for the AFCON.”

The Super Eagles top Group L with 11 points from five matches, while Benin sit second with seven points and Sierra Leone follow in the third spot with four points.
The West Africans will host Lesotho in their final match of the qualifiers on Tuesday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium , Lagos.

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