- Nigeria vs Sierra Leone showdown is not over as both teams are prepared for the second leg
- Sierra Leone President Bio has applauded the Leone Stars for the 4-4 draw in the first leg
- The second leg of the fixture will hold at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown
Sierra Leonean President Julius Maada Bio has expressed delight following the Leone Stars' epic comeback to draw level with the Super Eagles of Nigeria in the AFCON 2021 qualifying series.
Match Day 3 of the qualifiers saw the Leone Stars fight back from a four-goal deficit to draw with Nigeria 4-4 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin.
The Super Eagles were up 4-0 as early as the 29th minute courtesy a brace by Alex Iwobi and a goal each from Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze and Nigeria looked to whitewash their visitors.
However, Kwame Quee pulled one back before the break; and it was all about the visitors who stunned the Nigerians with three unretaliated goals in the second half, courtesy a brace by Al-Hadji Kamara and a sublime header by Mustapha Bundu.
The Leone Stars left the shores of Nigeria with a point to put themselves back in contention for the AFCON tournament proper.
Reacting to the result, the surprised President Bio praised the Leone Stars for refusing to accept defeat.“
“Brave Lion hearts, Our Leone Stars!
“Leveling up from 4-0 to 4-4 shows we are not taking defeat this time. You have made us proud, Leone Stars.”
Meanwhile, Complete Sports are reporting that the Super Eagles of Nigeria will depart the country and head straight in a chartered flight for Freetown, venue of the second leg.
According to the media officer of the Nigerian team Babafemi Raji, the Super Eagles had their final training session on Sunday and will leave on Monday, November 16 for Sierra Leone.
The second leg of the fixture will hold at the Siaka Stevens Stadium on Tuesday, November 17.
A victory for the Eagles will secure qualification for the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon.
The three-time AFCON winners top the group on seven points after three games while Sierra Leone are third on two points.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that nothing is free in Freetown but Sierra Leone FA president Isha Johansen has joked about letting Nigeria score just once when both teams face in the return leg of their AFCON 2022 qualifiers.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Legit.ng, Johansen is confident that Sierra Leone will beat Nigeria, even as she believes her team will score goals just like they did in Benin.
She, however, noted that Sierra Leone will not let Super Eagles score more than once this time around.
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