CAR Stun Nigeria In World Cup Qualifier

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Nigeria’s ahead Kelechi Iheanacho reacts after being fouled in the course of the 2022 Qatar World Cup African qualifiers group 3 soccer match in opposition to the Central Africa Republic on the Teslim Balogun Stadium, in Surulere in Lagos State, on October 7, 2021. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

 

Karl Namnganda, who performs within the French fourth division, scored within the ninetieth minute to provide the Central African Republic a surprising 1-0 away win over Nigeria on Thursday in World Cup qualifying.

The purpose by the 25-year-old unknown from the Vendee les Herbiers Football membership got here in opposition to opponents boasting globally-known forwards like Victor Osimhen of Napoli and Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City.

Namnganda got here off the bench in Lagos to make solely his second look for his nation after being substituted when he debuted in opposition to Liberia final month.

He silenced Nigerian supporters by profitable a dash down the center of the pitch in opposition to two defenders and firing a low shot previous goalkeeper Francis Uzoho.

“We missed the creativity of Alex Iwobi, we also missed Wilfred Ndidi so much,” mentioned Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr, referring to 2 injured Premier League midfielders.

“The boys do not understand how they lost this match. We dominated possession and had several opportunities to score but did not do so.”

Having drawn with Cape Verde and misplaced to Liberia in earlier qualifiers, a Central African Republic aspect coached by Swiss Raoul Savoy was given no probability of avoiding defeat in Nigeria.

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Nigeria’s ahead Victor Osimhen (C) is challenged in the course of the 2022 Qatar World Cup African qualifiers group 3 soccer match in opposition to the Central Africa Republic on the Teslim Balogun Stadium, in Surulere in Lagos State, on October 7, 2021. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

 

But after snatching the lead, a crew popularly generally known as the Wild Beasts survived eight minutes of added time to realize a well-known victory.

Central African Republic pulled off one of many best shocks in African World Cup qualifying regardless of missing their star performer, Atletico Madrid midfielder Godfrey Kondogbia.

He refused to participate in qualifying for the 2022 finals in Qatar, citing poor administration of gamers when he answered earlier call-ups.

The Beasts modified coaches simply earlier than qualifying kicked off in September with Savoy put in cost a 3rd time after Ivorian Francois Zahoui departed.

Central African Republic had been ranked 124th on this planet this month — 90 locations beneath six-time World Cup qualifiers Nigeria.

 

Rohr In Trouble?

The solely crumb of consolation for the humiliated Super Eagles is that they continue to be prime of Group C midway by means of the second qualifying part regardless of the loss.

Nigeria have six factors, Cape Verde and the Central African Republic 4 every and Liberia three with solely the part winners reaching play-offs subsequent March, which is able to determine the 5 African qualifiers for the 2022 finals.

After internet hosting Cape Verde and Liberia in Cameroon as a result of the nationwide stadium in Bangui didn’t meet worldwide requirements, rushed enhancements will allow the Beasts to play Nigeria at house.

The nations meet once more on Sunday on the Stade Barthelemy Boganda, a 50,000-seat fortress the place the Central African Republic seldom fail.

Losing in Lagos will inevitably result in requires Nigeria to sack German Rohr, a 68-year-old whose CV contains spells accountable for Gabon, Niger and Burkina Faso.

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles combat to defend their purpose in the course of the 2022 Qatar World Cup African qualifiers group 3 soccer match in opposition to the Central Africa Republic on the Teslim Balogun Stadium, in Surulere in Lagos State, on October 7, 2021. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

 

He was employed by Nigeria in 2016 and his latest contract renewal included calls for that he win the 2021/2022 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

Cape Verde snatched a 2-1 away win over Liberia in the identical part by means of a stoppage-time purpose from Garry Rodrigues after teammate Jamiro Monteiro had equalised.

Benin boosted their possibilities of profitable Group J with a 1-0 victory in Tanzania by means of a purpose from Steve Mounie, who performed for Huddersfield Town once they had been within the Premier League over the past decade.

The Squirrels have seven factors, two greater than the Democratic Republic of Congo, who overcame Madagascar 2-0 in Kinshasa with 35-year-old Dieumerci Mbokani among the many scorers for the third straight match.

Benin host Tanzania on Sunday and backside crew Madagascar subsequent month whereas DR Congo are away to the identical two nations earlier than internet hosting the present leaders within the remaining spherical.

Mali crushed Kenya 5-0 with Ibrahima Kone scoring a hat-trick and Tunisia trounced Mauritania 3-0 to remain on track to win two of the opposite teams.

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