Super Eagles beat Cape Verde 2-1 at the Aderito Sena stadium to maintain an
unbeaten run in Group C in the FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers. The Nigerian team
won the game 2-1 after staging a comeback.
A 75th-minute own goal by Cape Verde earned Nigeria a 2-1 win in their qualifying
clash in Mindelo on Tuesday, a result that stabilized the Super Eagles’ leadership of
the group as they await a home-and-away fixture against the Central African
Republic next month.
Dylan dos Santos steered the home team in front after 19 minutes of an intense back-
and-forth by both sides, when he slipped behind the Eagles’ rearguard and slammed a
rocket of a shot past goalkeeper Maduka Okoye.
The three-time African champions refused to be brow-beaten, and launched series
of attacks, with Chidera Ejuke forcing the opposing goalkeeper to an acrobatic save in
the 27th minute. Two minutes later, an alert Victor Osimhen would pull Nigeria level,
stabbing home from close range after the goalkeeper punched following a defensive
In the 41st minute, the lively Ejuke again rattled the Cape Verde number one, before
Osimhen came close to adding another one from a corner with a minute to recess.
Kelechi Iheanacho and six other UK-based players were absent when the Super Eagles
played the Blue Sharks in Mindelo.
Aside from the seven UK-based players, Serie A defender, Ola Aina, also did not travel
with the squad to Mindelo, and returned to Italy instead.
In the second half, Ahmed Musa latched onto a centre by Osimhen as the Eagles
pushed forward, but his tame shot was easily collected. Substitute Onyekuru was also
guilty of putting too low a purchase on his shot in the 73rd minute as Nigeria
streamed to the opposition area.
Two minutes later, in a spectacular backpass to his goalkeeper, Kenny Santos scored
an own goal as the ball floated above the goaltender and landed in the net. The goal
put Nigeria in front and eventually gave the Super Eagles the three points on the
Victory took the Eagles to maximum six points from two matches, three points ahead
of second –placed Liberia, ahead of the Day 3 and 4 games scheduled for October.