AFCON: Super Eagles draw 0-0 with Leone Stars, Sudan stun Ghana + other results


The Super Eagles of Nigeria on Tuesday in Freetown drew goalless with hosts Leone Stars of Sierra Leone.

The result helped them to maintain their leadership of Group L in the qualifying competition for the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

It was another draw for both sides after last weekend’s thrilling 4-4 result in Benin City.

But this time around, it was in a much less exciting manner.

Kelechi Iheanacho was the first to ask questions after eight minutes, but his effort was saved by Sierra Leone goalkeeper Mohamed Kamara.

Samuel Chukwueze tried his luck at the quarter hour mark, only to see his ball kissing the upright.

The hosts had their glimpse at Nigeria’s goalkeeper Maduka Okoye after 21 minutes through Kei Kamara, but Okoye was up to the challenge.

Alhaji Kamara could have given the hosts the lead just before half-time, but Okoye came to Nigeria’s rescue as the first half ended goalless.

Six minutes after the break, Chukwueze found Iheanacho whose shot went over.

Iheanacho thought he had given Nigeria the lead at the hour mark, but his goal was ruled offside.

The Leicester City FC player was always the man behind the Super Eagles’ dangerous forays, and eight minutes from time, his effort from close range was saved by Kamara.

The Super Eagles have now raised their tally to eight points from four games in the group.

They are one point more than second-placed Benin Republic who drew goalless also with hosts Lesotho in Maseru earlier in the day.

Sierra Leone are with three points, while Lesotho are with two points, after four games each.

Mohamed Abdel Rahman scored in the second minute of extra time as hosts Sudan defeated Ghana 1-0 to halt the Black Stars’ qualification party and revive their own hopes of qualifying for the Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to be staged in Cameroon in 2022

Ghana looked to be headed for qualification with two matches left, the point taking them to 10 points and an unassailable lead.
However, Rahman on Tuesday headed home the goal that took Sudan to six points in Group C and a hope for a first qualification since 2012.

Ghana who prior to the Sudan loss hadn’t tasted defeat in three matches, however, remain top with nine points, only edging South Africa on goal difference.

With Sao Tome and Principe already out of contention, the race for the group’s two slots are now left for the top three.

Ghana were looking to complete a double over the Sudanese who they defeated 2-0 in the first leg at home, but they couldn’t complete the job with their top striker and skipper Andre Ayew missing through injury.

Chances were few and far in between with Caleb Ekuban having half a chance after 10 minutes with a shot from the right that went wide.
Sudan had a chance after 27 minutes, but Abdel Rahman’s shot from inside the box was saved while his attempt at cutting back the ball from the rebound ended in no man’s land.

Some other results are –

Group F

Rwanda 0-0 Cape Verde

Group L

Lesotho 0-0 Benin.


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