Nigeria 2-1 Benin: Kalu’s Strike Secure Narrow Win For Eagles

Oluwole Ola

The Super Eagles came back from a goal down to beat neighbours Benin Republic 2-1 in their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matchday one fixture at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo on Wednesday night, reports

Lille of France forward, Victor Osimhen and Samuel Kalu were on target for the Super Eagles in the game, while Stephan Sessegnon got Benin’s only goal.

The Squirrels stunned their hosts when captain of the side Sessegnon put the ball into the net in the 2nd minute. Joel Dossou dribbled past Jamilu Collins before squarring for Sessegnon who fired the ball beyond Daniel Akpeyi.

The Super Eagles were awarded a penalty on the stroke of half time after Ola AIna was upended inside the box.Osimhen brilliantly tucked the ball home to level the game at half time. Thereafter, Samuel Kalu netted the winning goal in the 62nd minute following a brilliant solo effort.

The Super Eagles may have struggled to beat Republic of Benin 2-1 in Uyo, the team is now leading the Group L of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series.

This follows the inability of Sierra Leone to maximize its home advantage in Freetown in the game with Lesotho. The match ended 1-1. Thus, Nigeria with three points are leading the group jointly followed by Lesotho and Sierra Leone.


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