The Super Eagles of Nigeria’s efforts to cement their grip on Group C table for 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers have suffered a major setback, following their 1-0 defeat to the Central African Republic (C.A.R) team.
Following the win, C.A.R national teams’ points increased to four points from three matches and has left bottom of the table for the third spot , sharing the same point with Cape Verde Islands but with different goal difference.
Although the Super Eagle recorded their first loss in the qualifiers that would guarantee their progress to the next stage which determines African representatives in the global tournament, the Nigerian national team still occupies the group summit with six points after the same number of matches with others.
During the match played on Thursday at Teslim Balogun Stadium, the three-time African champions struggled to break their visitors’ defence with no incisive attempt at goal although the game.
The Nigerian team’s inability to score their opponent, aided their visitors to pounce on a loose ball and converted their only shot on target through Karl Namnganda’s strike at the exactly 90 minutes.
The Central African Republic’s team was solid and more coordinated at the back, and they got the reward for their tenacity as they took advantage of a miscalculation between William Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun, which left Namnganda to fire his shot past a helpless goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho.
Following the lack of cutting edge chances during the first half, Gernot Rohr decided to make a tactical change with Union Berlin striker, Taiwo Awoniyi, replacing Kelechi Iheanacho immediately after the break.
It was Awoniyi’s maiden outing for the Super Eagles and he came closest to breaking the deadlock in the 53rd minute after Osimhen’s shot struck the post but his effort was off target.
Later in the encounter, Ahmed Musa and Bordeaux winger Samuel Kalu replaced Joe Aribo and Moses Simon respectively but their impacts were not enough to help the Super Eagles beat goalkeeper Prince Samola.
Earlier on Thursday, Cape Verde Islands fought back from behind to defeat Liberia 2-1 at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana.