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2022 WCQ: Central African Republic Stun Super Eagles In Lagos

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2022 WCQ: Central African Republic Stun Super Eagles In Lagos

 

The Super Eagles of Nigeria suffered an embarrassing 1-0 loss to the Central African Republic in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, Sportivation.com.ng reports.

Karl Namngandaa scored the winning goal in the 90th-minute to hand the Wild Beasts a historic win against Nigeria.

The Super Eagles struggled to break down the visitors in the first half as Gernot Rohr took off Kelechi Iheanacaho to hand Taiwo Awoniyi his debut at the start of the second half.

The central African Republic were resolute with their approach as they denied the hosts any opportunity to hurt them.

The visitors scored on the hour mark but the goal was ruled out for a foul on Jamilu Collins before Victor Osimhen’s strike hit the crossbar.

Francis Uzoho, who started ahead of Maduka Okoye made a fine save to deny the Wild Beasts in the 66th minute.

Gernot Rohr brought on Samuel Kalu to replace Moses Simon, while Ahmed Musa took the place of Joe Aribo in other to find a cutting edge but all to no avail.

The visitors stunned Nigeria and their vociferous followers in the stadium with a 90th-minute winner after Karl Namngandaa took advantage of a miscommunication between Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong to fire past Francis Uzoho which handed the Central African Republic the maximum points.

Despite the loss, Nigeria are still on top of Group C with six points followed by Cape Verde and the Central African Republic with four points respectively, Liberia sits fourth on the log with three points.

The Central African Republic are ranked 124th in the FIFA World Ranking.

The second leg is slated for Cameroon on Sunday.

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