Super Eagles

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Nigeria’s Super Eagles on Wednesday defeated Benin Republic’s National team 2-1 in their opening match of the African Cup of Nations qualifier in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

The Eagles had trailed Benin Republic on three minutes.

Sloppy defending allowed a free Stephane Sessegnon to slot the ball past a stranded Daniel Akpeyi in the box in just three minutes.

The Super Eagles equalised through Victor Osimhen on added time in the first half through a penalty.

The referee had awarded a penalty after Ola Aina was upended in the box, which Osimhen converted.

Samuel Kanu scores Nigeria’s second goal on 63 minutes to ease the pressure off the Super Eagles.

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Eagles had 57 percent ball possession as against 43 by their Benin counterpart, but they found it had to penetrate defensive line-up of their opponent.

Benin scored from their only one goal attempt while the Super Eagles had four goals attempt and three shots on goal.

The Super Eagles now top Group L with three points after Sierra Leone and Lesotho drew 1-1 in the other game played in Freetown, Sierra Leone.