Super Eagles seal AFCON ticket after Lesotho, Sierra Leone stalemate

super eagles seal afcon ticket after lesotho sierra leone stalemate

Nigeria’s Super Eagles pose for a team shot before a qualifier. They have qualified for the 2022 AFCON after Sierra Leone were held to a goalless draw in Lesotho. Photo: Ganiyu Yusuf/Complete Sports

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have advanced to the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations, becoming the 15th nation to do so, after Sierra Leone were held by Lesotho on Saturday.

The Leone Stars of Sierra Leone went into Saturday’s encounter in Maseru needing a win over their hosts to keep alive their slim hopes of progressing to next year’s AFCON to be hosted by Cameroon.

But a goalless draw was all the Leone stars could muster against Lesotho to hand one of the group qualification tickets to Nigeria who will later today meet Benin in Porto Novo.

The Super Eagles currently top Group L with 8 points, a point ahead of the Beninese Squirrels who will also join Nigeria in next year’s tournament if they secure at least a draw against the three-time former AFCON winners.

A loss for the Squirrels will however leave the battle for Group L’s second qualification ticket up for grabs when the Leone Stars host Benin next week, the same day Nigeria welcomes Lesotho to Lagos.

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