2022 World Cup: Balogun and Nigeria avenge shock CAR loss – NewsEverything Africa

Leon Balogun of Nigeria

Leon Balogun atoned for his position in Nigeria’s shock World Cup qualifying dwelling loss to Central African Republic three days in the past by opening the scoring because the Tremendous Eagles beat CAR 2-Zero on Sunday.

Victor Osimhen netted the second in first-half stoppage time in Douala, because the Cameroonian metropolis staged the sport owing to stadiums having been deemed unfit to host in CAR by African physique Caf.

Balogun was criticised for his position, together with fellow centre-back William Troost Ekong, in permitting CAR to attain their late winner in Lagos on Thursday.

Against this, after 29 minutes on Sunday, Balogun turned dwelling contained in the field to start out setting the report straight, with team-mates dashing over in celebration.

Simply seconds earlier than the break, Osimhen sealed the win – with the Tremendous Eagles’ clear sheet additionally a lift to Balogun who had mentioned Nigeria’s gamers have been ‘in deep ache’ after Thursday’s first dwelling World Cup qualifying loss in 40 years.

The sport was additionally notable for ahead Ahmed Musa profitable his 100th cap because the captain, changed after 67 minutes, turned solely the third Nigerian centurion after Joseph Yobo and Vincent Enyeama.

The victory takes Nigeria to 9 factors from 4 video games in Group C, two away from Cape Verde, with CAR on 4 factors and Liberia on three.

Cape Verde registered their second win this week towards Liberia due to one more last-minute winner, with captain Ryan Mendes delivering an important 1-Zero victory in dramatic fashion in Mindelo.

In Group J, Benin undid the laborious work of their 1-Zero win in Tanzania on Thursday by dropping by the identical scoreline at dwelling to the identical opposition on Sunday.

Simon Msuva is starting to make a behavior of quick begins and after incomes a penalty after simply 4 seconds in final month’s win towards Madagascar, he scored the matchwinner in Cotonou after six minutes.

A house win may have despatched Benin six factors away from Tanzania however each are actually degree with seven factors apiece, a tally that DR Congo did not overhaul when dropping 1-Zero in Madagascar.

The Congolese keep caught on 5 factors after the hosts received their first factors within the group after a first-minute strike from Njiva Rakotoharimalala.

Simon Msuva
Simon Msuva’s purpose despatched Tanzania prime of Group J, forward of Benin on purpose distinction

Elsewhere, Mali and Uganda continued their fierce battle for Group E supremacy as either side received, taking the Malians to 9 factors with the Cranes two behind.

Mali received 1-Zero away in Kenya, due to Ibrahima Kone’s 55th-minute purpose, whereas Uganda beat Rwanda by the identical rating after Fahad Bayo made the breakthrough halfway by the primary half in Entebbe.

The group concludes subsequent month with Mali, who journey to Rwanda first, internet hosting Uganda, who play Kenya earlier than, on the ultimate day. Neither Rwanda nor Kenya can qualify any extra.

In Sunday’s different late video games, Zambia have been held to a 1-1 draw by Equatorial Guinea because the guests continued their spectacular begin to Group B.

Trend Sakala gave the hosts the lead after 65 minutes just for Federico Bikoro to degree with eight minutes left.

Tunisia, who play in Mauritania in Sunday’s late sport, lead the group with 9 factors, two forward of Equatorial Guinea with Zambia on 4 and the Mauritanians but to keep away from defeat.

Solely the 10 group winners progress to subsequent March’s play-offs to resolve Africa’s 5 representatives at Qatar 2022.

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