- Qualify For 2022 AFCON In Style
The Super Eagles of Nigeria trounced the Squirrels of Benin Republic in the Saturday’s AFCON qualifier match in Port Novo, courtesy of a late goal from wonder substitute, Paul Onuachu.
Onuachu had replaced Kelechi Iheanacho in the 71st minute of the game, before latching on to a loose ball during three minutes of added time to ensure the Super Eagles leave Benin for Lagos with their heads high.
The victory made Nigeria to become the first country to defeat the Benin’s senior side at home on their undulating pitch in Port Novo stadium in as much as eight years of international football there.
The win has now put Nigeria atop the Group L with 11 points as the match became a dead rubber game for the Eagles following a goalless draw between Lesotho and Sierra Leone earlier.
It means the Super Eagles confirmed their place at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, even before the kick off of their game against Benin Republic.
Following the results, Lesotho has lost a chance to qualify for next year’s tournament to be hosted by Cameroon.
The Leone Stars now have four points after four matches, while their hosts have three, with one round of fixtures left.
Meanwhile, Benin Republic must win their next match to book a place in the 2023 AFCON.