Speaking the Nations Mind

AFCON: Onuachu’s Late Strike Gives Nigeria Slim Victory Over Benin

Benin will need to get a result against Sierra Leone on Tuesday at the National Stadium in Freetown to secure a spot at the 2022 AFCON

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Nigeria on Saturday defeated Benin in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier played in Porto Novo, with a stoppage-time winner from second-half substitute Paul Onuachu sending Super Eagles fans into raptures and shattering Beninese hearts.

In a game that wasn’t entirely played behind closed doors, as hundreds of Beninese fans, contrary to the rules stipulated by CAF, managed to find their way into the Stade Charles De Gaulle, the Super Eagles had to wait until the very dead to confirm their superiority over the Squirrels.

For Benin and their coach Michel Dussuyer, who suffered their first loss at home in eight years, they will need to get a result against Sierra Leone on Tuesday at the National Stadium in Freetown to secure a spot at the 2022 AFCON.

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