On Sunday, the Central African Republic and Nigeria will face off in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Japoma Stadium in Douala, Cameroon.
The clash on Match Day 4 will feature two teams who met three days ago at Lagos’ Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Nigeria was defeated 1-0 at home by the Central African Republic after a pitiful and incompetent performance.
Following a defensive mix-up between William Trost-Ekong and Leon Balgoun, Karl Namnganda came off the bench to score the game-winning goal in injury time.
The Super Eagles have not lost a FIFA World Cup qualifier at home since a 2-0 defeat to Algeria in October 1981. It was also one of the biggest upsets in recent African football history.
Despite the defeat, the west Africans remain on top in Group C, with six points from three games. However, only three points separate first and last place in the group, and all four teams are still in contention to advance to the next round.
The two sides met for the first time in an international match on Thursday, and the Central African Republic’s victory came as a shock to every football fan. The victory ended a nine-game losing streak for the Wild Beasts in international matches.
It improved their chances of progressing to the next round as well. However, the fact that the second leg will be played on neutral ground deprives them of a crucial home advantage.
On Thursday, Raoul Savoy set up his team to defend deep and try to catch Nigeria off guard. Although the game will be played on neutral ground, he is expected to use similar tactics in the return leg.
After a succession of underwhelming performances, Nigeria’s setback on home soil served as a wake-up call. The players on the field will be eager to make amends.
Despite their loss on Thursday, Gernot Rohr’s team remain big favourites, and I’m expecting the three-time African champions to win all three points. This match will be won by Nigeria.
Kickoff Time: This match will be played today at 2PM Nigerian time
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