AFCON Qualifies: Sierra Leone holds Super Eagles to draw in dramatic comeback

Sierra Leone pulled off a stellar come back from 4-0 down away to Nigeria to draw 4-4 on Friday in their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Benin City.

The Super Eagles were coasting towards a third win from three in Group L after racing to a 4- 0 lead inside the first half-hour of the match.

Everton forward Alex Iwobi scored twice, with his first goal coming in the fourth minute.

Napoli’s Victor Osimhen found the net after 21 minutes on his return to Nigeria’s team.

Osimhen then set up Iwobi who got his second goal six minutes later and Villareal’s Samuel Chukwueze added a fourth, with another assist from Osimhen.

Sierra Leone began their stunning fightback just before half-time when Kwame Quee grabbed what looked to be a consolation goal.

After the break, Alhaji Kamara began to stamp his mark on the match. He added a second for the visitors after 72 minutes to make it 4-2.

Mustapha Bundu then added a third for Sierra Leone to make it 4-3 with 10 minutes remaining.

Nigeria were left stunned as Alhaji Kamara completed an astonishing performance by his team with an equaliser four minutes from time.

Nigeria will travel to Freetown on Monday ahead of the return fixture on Tuesday.

Nigeria remains top of their group on seven points – with Sierra Leone third, five points adrift. Second-placed Benin plays bottom side Lesotho on Saturday.

2021 Afcon Qualifiers Friday results:

??Mali 1-0 Namibia??

??South Africa 2-0 Sao Tome and Principe

??Morocco 4-1 Central African Republic??

??Tunisia 1-0 Tanzania??

??Niger 1-0 Ethiopia??

??Nigeria 4-4 Sierra Leone??

The Africa Cup of Nations finals will be played in Cameroon in 2022

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