Nigeria will be looking to maintain their rightful start to qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup when they take on Sierra Leone in the Group L Clash on Friday.
In contrast, the visitors sit at the bottom of the group after taking only one of six points on offer during the first matches of qualification last year.
The coronovirus epidemic has devastated the sports calendar in ways never seen before, setting aside Nigeria’s first and third qualification matches for AFCON 2022 in a year.
Nevertheless, Nigeria made a perfect start to their qualifying group last November as they enjoyed back-to-back wins over Benin and Lesotho, with Sierra Leone desperate to avoid becoming the third victim of the Super Eagles this Friday .
Napoli forward Victor Oshimhen had already scored three goals in two matches in Nigeria, with the 21-year-old netting a 2–1 win over Benin. .
Three-time AFCON winners took to the pitch for the first time since that six-goal thriller last month, but Gernot Rohr’s men suffered a 1-0 defeat to 2019 AFCON champions Algeria, 1–1. Won with. Tunisia
The qualification format sees Nigeria face off against Sierra Leone in both of their games this month, and a win here would go a long way towards claiming a spot in the 2022 tournament, as well as the Super Eagles before they Fill it with confidence. A few days later meet Sierra Leone again.
Sierra Leone has not made it to the AFCON since 1996, but John Kester’s men have had a poor start to their qualification period and have already given up four games to play in Group L.
Friday’s visitors were just seconds before they began their campaign with a win against Lesotho, when Jane Thabantso netted in injury time to cancel out Kwame Quee‘s opener, and Keister’s side scored on their own on matchin two Fate could not change as he lost to Benin 1–0.
Like Nigeria, Sierra Leone’s time on the pitch has been greatly hampered by the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, and the Leone Stars did not prepare for the November game in the optimal manner as they were awarded by Mauritania and Niger last month A favorable defeat was suffered.
Nigeria and Sierra Leone have met 14 times over the course of 14 years, with the Super Eagles coming out on top of nine of them, and a win here would see the host team making four wins in a row against the Leon Stars – who made the final. 2001 was defeated Nigeria.