The Super Eagles of Nigeria began their AFCON 2020 qualifiers on a winning note as they came from behind to defeat neighboring country Benin Republic 2-1 at the Uyo Township Stadium.
Benin, who were the away side, surprised the home crowd when they took the lead in the opening five minutes of the game via Sessegnon’s close range.
Despite Nigeria’s efforts to get a quick equalizer, the Squirrels stood their ground and prevented Rohr’s men from finding a breakthrough.
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Unfortunately for the away side, former Chelsea defender Ola Aina was brought down in the box and the center referee had no other options but to award a spot-kick.
Victor Osimhen, who is being linked with a move to Manchester United, confidently slotted home the ball just before half-time to restore parity for the home side.
Things went from bad to worse for the Squirrels in the 66th minute of the encounter as they conceded another goal after a poor defensive display.
Bordeaux star Samuel Kalu scored a beautiful solo goal after dribbling past host of Benin defenders to give his side a deserved victory.
Osimhen has now scored two goals for the Nigerian national team and he will hope to add to his tally when they travel to Lesotho for the second AFCON qualifying match in four days time.