November 18, 2020
Nigeria’s quest to qualify for next year’s African Cup of Nations in Cameroun was yesterday delayed till March next year following Super Eagles’ goalless draw with Sierra Leone in Freetown. The Eagles would have joined Algeria and Senegal as the early teams to qualify for the Cameroun 2021 AFCON with a win at the Siaka Steven Stadium, but they now have to wait till March 22nd when they travel to Cotonou to meet the Squirrels of Benin.
After the Benin game, the team will host Lesotho on March 30th in Nigeria. Nigeria, who surprisingly drew 4-4 with the Leone Stars in the first leg in Benin City, were expected to win in Freetown to confirm qualification for the AFCON, but it found an unyielding opponent in Sierra Leone. The result leaves the Super Eagles top of the standings on eight points, with Benin on seven points, Sierra Leone has three and Lesotho with two points.