Afcon Qualifiers: Sierra Leone Hold Nigeria Again In Freetown

By Ibrahim Taiwo, The Nigerian Voice Sports

In Freetown, Sierra Leone and Nigeria had another draw after last weekend’s thrilling 4-4 one in Benin City, but this time in a much less exciting manner.

Kelechi Iheanacho was the first to ask questions after eight minutes, but his effort was saved by Sierra Leone goalkeeper Mohamed Kamara.

Samuel Chukwueze tried his luck at the quarter hour mark, only to see his ball kissing the upright.

The hosts had their glimpse at Nigeria’s goalkeeper Okoye Oduka after 21 minutes through Kei Kamara, but Oduka was up to the challenge.

Alhaji Kamara could have given the hosts the lead just before halftime, but Okoye came to Nigeria’s rescue as the first half ended goalless.

Six minutes after the break, Chukwueze found Iheanacho whose shot went over. Iheanacho though he gave Nigeria the lead at the hour mark, but his goal was ruled offside.

Iheanacho was always the man behind the Super Eagles’ danger, and eight minutes from time his effort from close range was saved by Kamara.

Nigeria raised their tally to eight points, one more than second placed Benin. Sierra Leone (3) and Lesotho (2) follow in that order. (CAF)