LIVE: Nigeria 4-4 Sierra Leone (AFCON Qualifier) Full Time
Nigeria battle Sierra Leone for three points after the race for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations championship hots up.
The Super Eagles head into the game with a maximum of six points after back-to-back victories over Lesotho and Benin.
And they will be gunning for another victory against the Leone Stars at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin.
Gernot Rohr and his men are targetting early qualification by beating their West African counterpart both home and away so they can give other fringe players opportunities in the last two games.
Meanwhile, coach John Keister's men will also be targetting their first win since the qualifiers started having picked up just one point in their first two AFCON games.
Both teams have met 14 times across competitions with the Super Eagles claiming victories nine times and losing just twice to the Leone Stars.
Nigeria vs Sierra Leone: Super Eagles warming up for their AFCON 2022 clash vs Leone Stars
Also, Napoli forward will be a player to watch in the game having already scored three goals in the last two games and he is in the race for the qualifiers golden boot.
93’ — Iheanacho's chance
Freekick to Nigeria in a dangerous position. Iheanacho standing over this and again the goalkeeper keeps him off the goal sheet.
And the referee sounds the final whistle with both sides sharing the spoils after the normal regulation period in Benin.
89’ — Iheanacho's chance
Kelechi Iheanacho stepped for the Super Eagles but his effort through a free-kick was parried away by the goalkeeper.
88’ — Sierra Leone in control
The visitors have taken full control of the game as they continue to dominate the game with about two minutes left to play.
86’ — Gooooooaaaaaalllllllll
Sierra Leone have leveled parity with the Super Eagles after finding the back of the net for the fourth time through Alhaji Kamara. He also has a brace in this meeting.
83’ — Okoye's save
A chance for Sierra Leone to level up but Okoye comes out to gather the ball. SIERRA Leone are growing in confidence
80’ — Gooooooaaaaaalllllllll
Sierra Leone further reduce Nigeria's lead after Mustapha Bundu scored their third goal with less than ten minutes to wrap the game up with the hosts losing serious concentration.
78’ — Paul Onuachu replaces Osimhen
Paul Onuachu has come on for injured Victor Osimhen for the remainder of the game and he will hope to impress with a goal.
76’ — Osimhen injury
Napoli star Victor Osimhen receiving medical attention after suffering what appears to be a serious injury.
He has been taken away by the ambulance and it seems he is going straight to the hospital after the injury.
73’ — Gooooooaaaaaalllllllll
Sierra Leone scores again after Okoye fumbles a cross leaving the unmarked Alhaji Kamara to nod home his side's second of the game.
71’ — Osimhen's chance
Big chance for Osimhen. He is lucky as a Sierra Leone defender miscalculates a long ball but the Napoli striker takes too many touches inside the box and the chance goes begging
67’ — Sierra Leone's efforts stopped
Sierra Leone made an attacking move from the left-wing of the screen but the Nigerian defenders stood their grounds to deny their advances
62’ — Dourble substitution for Super Eagles
Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho comes on for captain Ahmed Musa while Semi Ajayi finally takes Balogun's place on the pitch.
61’ — Offside
Samuel Chukwueze flagged offside after working well with his strike partner Victor Osimhen in the second half.
59’ — Leon Balogun injured
Leon Balogun is down on the turf and needs medical treatment but he is back on the pitch now but could be replaced bu Semi Ajayi who is already warming up.
57’ — Sierra Leone makes double substittutions
Coach John Keister made double substitutions as Sierra Leone plot to find the back of the net twice.
56’ — Super Eagles keeping possession of the ball
Super Eagles stars are trying to steady the game by passing the ball around well but the tempo of the game appears to have dropped a bit
50’ — Balogun clears danger
Leon Balogun does well to clear an imminent danger out after a well-delivered freekick into Nigeria penalty box
47’ — Osimhen hits woodworks
Victor Osimhen almost got his second goal of the game but his effort hits the woodwork from an Ahmed Musa freekick
46’ — 2nd half underway
Nigeria get the action back on with the kick-off for the second half of the encounter as they hope to seal the game up
45’ — 4 mins added time
The centre referee has added four additional minutes to the opening half as both sides are still looking to score more goals
42’ — Ahmed Musa with another attempt
Captain Ahmed Musa tried his effort at goal but the chance went wide when he could have found a teammate
41’ — Gooooooaaaaaalllllllll
Kwame Quee reduces Sierra Leone's deficit with just four minutes to the end of the opening half after Nigeria lose the ball in their own half. The goalscorer was left unmarked in the Nigerian area.
32’ — Musa's effort went wide
Ahmed Musa's effort from the free-kick goes wide as Gernot Rohr's boys continue to search for yet another goal
29’ — Gooooooaaaaaalllllllll
Villarreal's Samuel Chukwueze records his name on the scores sheet just one minute before the half-hour mark.
The winger dribbled past three Leone Stars before firing the ball beyond the goalkeeper's reach.
27’ — Gooooooaaaaaalllllllll
Nigeria increase their tally to three goals and this time it is Alex Iwobi finding the back of the net for the second time.
The Everton man fired an unstoppable shot which went straight into the back of the net to complete his double in the game.
23’ — Water Break
Both teams went for a water break to quench their dehydration during this dry season but game is back underway as the two coaches are looking for goals for their teams.
21’ — Gooooooaaaaaalllllllll
Nigeria doubles their lead over Sierra Leone in the 21st minute through a stunning effort from Napoli forward Victor Osimhen with Zaidu Sanusi claiming the assist for the second goal.
18’ — Osimhen's chance
Big chance for Nigeria. Osimhen drives forward after evading some tackles but his cross inside the box failed to reach Ahmed Musa. Samuel Chukwueze picks it up but his curling effort is blocked
16’ — Etebo's impact in Nigeria's midfield
Etebo who is making a return to the Super Eagles has been rock solid in the middle of the pack for Nigeria
15’ — Sierra Loene's effort blocked
Sierra Leone tried levelling up in the 15th minute but their effort through Mohamed Buya Turay was well dealt with by the Super Eagles defenders.
10’ — Akpoguma with a superb defending
Akpoguma makes a last-ditch tackle to deny Sierra Leone a goalscoring chance as the Eagles still lead by a lone goal
9’ — Super Eagles pressing
The Super Eagles are mounting pressure on their opponent as they keep spreading the ball very well in the early minutes of the encounter.
4’ — Goaaaaaaallllll
Alex Iwobi powers the Super Eagles ahead just three minutes into kick off with a well-placed finish at the edge of the box
1’ — Etebo's lovely delivery
Oghenekaro Etebo delivers a long ball which is brought down by Osimhen but Iwobi loses the ball as the Eagles try to create a chance
1’ — Kick off
Sierra Leone kick the game off at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin as they eye their first win in the qualifiers