Nigeria vs Sierra Leone: 5 things we learnt from the epic showdown

Nigeria vs Sierra Leone: 5 things we learnt from the epic showdown

- Nigeria vs Sierra Leone saw the Leone Stars come back from four goals down to draw level

- It was an exceptional performance for the visitors who showed class

- Nigeria went up 4-0 - only for the visitors to respond to eventually draw 4-4

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It is definitely a night full of regrets for the Super Eagles of Nigeria having watched their four-goal lead slip away right at home as visitors Sierra Leone stole a point.

Two goals by Alex Iwobi and a goal each from Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze saw Nigeria go 4-0 ahead as early as the 29th minute.

However the visitors replied every single goal courtesy a brce by Al-Hadji Kamara and a goal each from Kwame Quee and Mustapha Bundu as it ended 4-4.

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Below are five things we learnt from the Nigeria vs Sierra Leone showdown.

1. Rohr is still bad at making substitutions and doesn't know when to make them

The Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has once again made the mistakes that saw his team crash out of the 2018 World Cup in the first round - as well as the famous loss to Algeria in the semi-final of the 2019 Nations Cup.

The tactician is still not good in making substitutions. As at the 61st minute, Nigeria was leading 4-1 only for Rohr to make shocking changes when he replaced Leon Balogun with Semi Ajayi, he also decided to bring in strikers Iheanacho and Onuachu when we were struggling in the midfield and defence as at that time.

2. Nigeria has still not found a good goalkeeper

Maduka Okoye was in goal for Nigeria but he failed to control his defenders and the line built infront of him.

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The present goalkeepers in the Super Eagles squad are not good enough and this translates to the kind of club they all represent.

3. Onuachu is not good enough for Super Eagles

Paul Onuachu came in for injured Victor Osimhen but he struggled to make any significant impact in the game.

He had first poor touches, struggled to link up with the wingers and it only just shows that not every player doing well at the club level deserves a national team call up.

Nigeria vs Sierra Leone: Here are the 5 things we learnt from the epic showdown
Nigeria vs Sierra Leone ended in a draw at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium. Photo: Emmanuel Osodi
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4. Nigeria could have conceded more if the game had gone on

Nigeria actually escaped being beaten on the night despite going 4-0 ahead.

The goalkeeper Maduka and the entire defence were jittery in the closing stages and Eagles were lucky to escape with a point.

5. Osimhen injury a big blow for Nigeria ahead of the second leg

Second leg of this fixture comes up in Freetown on Tuesday, November 17, and it looks like Osimhen will be out of it.

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The Napoli striker was injured in the course of the first leg as he was seen screaming in agony as he held on to his wrist before being stretchered out.

Meanwhile, earlier reported that Super Eagles legend Daniel Amokachi has backed Napoli striker Victor Osimhen to break the record of late Nigerian star Rashidi Yekini who was superb during his active playing time.

Victor Osimhen is currently a 21-year-old player and has played nine games for the Super Eagles scoring four goals since 2017.

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