Nigeria got here from the back to beat Benin 2-1 in their beginning of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo on Wednesday night.
The Squirrels raced into an early lead, however goals from Victor Osimhen and Samuel Kalu secured all three points for the hosts. Victory movements the Super Eagles to the top of Group L, with Sierra Leone and Lesotho having played to a 1-1 draw on the equal time in Freetown.
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Nigeria got off to the worst viable start as Stephane Sessegnon fired the traffic in front after just five mins. Sloppy protecting gifted the Benin captain a clear sight of goal, and he made no mistake, slotting the ball beyond a helpless Daniel Akpeyi.
The Super Eagles ramped up the strain inside the final stages of the primary half of and went near thru Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze who rattled the woodwork with 40 mins on the clock.
Nigeria duly levelled matters at the stroke of halftime as Osimhen struck domestic from the penalty spot after Ola Aina turned into upended in the field.
The hosts hit the the front inside the 63rd minute as Kalu weaved his manner into the vicinity earlier than slotting home from near variety to present the Super Eagles a deserved lead.
Nigeria navigated their way through a nervy very last few minutes to cozy all three points as they straight away turn their attention to Lesotho, who they will face in Maseru this weekend.
Next up for Benin is a domestic fixture as opposed to Sierra Leone on Sunday.