Nigeria secure qualification to AFCON 2021


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Nigeria have qualified for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, scheduled for Cameroon ahead of their Match Day 5 fixture, after Sierra Leone’s goalless draw with Lesotho on Saturday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Super Eagles who played later in the day in Group L qualified by virtue of the result of the earlier fixture.

ra Leone in the earlier fixture at the Setsoto Stadium in Maseru, drawing 0-0.

This meant table-toppers Nigeria with eight points have secured their 2021 AFCON ticket, while Benin Republic with seven points can also ensure qualification.

But this will be if they get a draw against visiting Nigeria.

Nigeria’s victory over Benin Republic will give the Leone Stars a slim hope of qualification heading into their penultimate round fixture.

The Leone Stars host the Squirrels at the National Stadium in Freetown on Tuesday.

Bottom-placed Lesotho with three points are out of the race and will be playing for pride against the Super Eagles at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos on Tuesday.

  • GROUP L        MP   W   D   L    Pts

1. Nigeria          4    2    2    0    8

2. Benin            4    2    1    1    7

3. Sierra Leone 5    0    4    1    4

4. Lesotho         5    0     3    2    3

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