AFCON 2021: Sierra Leone, 4 goals down, draw with sloppy Nigeria
By Chukwu Nelson
Sierra Leone rises from the ashes to make it 4-4 against Nigeria, after being 4-0 down early on. What a comeback!
The Leone Stars of Sierra Leone rose from the ashes, like the Phoenix, to make it 4-4 against Nigeria, after being 4-0 down within the first 29 minutes of the exciting 2021 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, Nigeria on Saturday. What a comeback!
The heat is already on Gernot Rohr, the Franco-German Eagles gaffer with many sectors of the Nigerian media and football fraternity already vehemently showing their unwillingness to swallow this result.
The way the Super Eagles took their foot off the gas is of rather serious concern for all and does not quite bode well for the manager.
Meanwhile, Rohr’s opposite number, John Keister, and his men will be so excited to have achieved the unthinkable as they grabbed the all-important one point, away from home.
This is quite spectacular for them, having picked up just one point in their first two games in the campaign.
Both teams have met 14 times across all competitions with the Super Eagles claiming victories nine times and losing just twice to the Leone Stars.
Villarreal wonder kid, Samuel Chukwueze, had scored the fourth goal, a fine solo effort, within the first 29 minutes of the first half.
The Eagles were to, later, throw away that comfortable four-goal lead, starting with the visitors’ lone goal before half time and three others in the last 20 minutes of the second half.
During the first stanza, Everton of England forward, Alex Iwobi, scored a brace, while Napoli of Italy’s Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze scored one each.
Kwame Quee’s impetus of a goal, just before the half time, the visitors returned to the pitch in the second half, to shake off their lethargy, going on to complete their reply to all the Eagles’ four goals.
These, apart from Kwame Quee’s in the first half, came via the beautiful brace from Alhaji Kamara and another from Mustapha Bundu.
Many Nigeria fans have already dubbed the performance a disgrace, with some even calling on the football federation to sack coach Gernot Rohr who, incidentally, has always had an uneasy relationship with local fans.
There are fears that the disappointment and call for the head of Monsieur Rohr may get to a head by Tuesday, next week when the Eagles go to Freetown for the second leg of the two header, depending on the Eagles’ performance.