CHAN Eagles lose 0-1 to Squirrels of Benin Republic
The Super Eagles were yesterday beaten 1-0 by Benin Republic in a 2018 African Nations Championship qualifier.
The hosts enjoyed the bulk of possession in the opening twenty minutes and were close to taking the lead just before the half-hour mark but a close range header went over the bar.
Nigeria ended the first half stronger, carving some chances and causing panic in Benin’s vital area.
Eduwo missed a glorious chance to put the Super Eagles 1-0 up in the 68th minute when his shot was deflected for a corner kick.
Akwa United’s Alhassan Ibrahim was a constant threat when he came off the bench and was denied a certain goal when he was tripped at the crucial moment after waltzing his way into the box.
The last quarter of the game belonged to Benin Republic as they searched for a winning goal, which finally came in the 90th minute when Mama Seibou converted a spot kick.
Orji Kalu Okogbue got a second caution after full time for confronting the referee, and is unavailable for Saturday’s second leg in Kano.