2022 WCQ: Super Eagles Redeem Image With CAR Win

Leon Balogun and Victor Osimhen scored first half efforts as the Super Eagles avenged Thursday’s shock defeat to the Central African Republic with an easy 2-0 win against the same Group C opponents in a World Cup qualifier at the Stade Japoma de Douala on Sunday.

Balogun, who’d been at fault for Karl Namnganda’s stoppage time winner for Les Fauves in Lagos, showed predatory instincts to sweep home the opener from a set piece just before the hour mark.

Napoli striker Osimhen then doubled Nigeria’s lead just before half time as Gernot Rohr’s side made amends following Thursday’s embarrassing defeat to the footballing minnows.

Captain Ahmed Musa was restored to the starting line up on the occasion of his 100th cap, one of three changes to the team, with Maduka Okoye reclaiming his place in goal in place of Francis Uzoho and Chidozie Awazie also coming into the defence.

Bonke Innocent came on for his first cap in the second half as Nigeria held on for an easy win.

The Super Eagles move up to nine points in Group C, five more than second placed Cape Verde who take on bottom side Liberia later on Sunday.