Against all odds, the Central African Republic upset Nigeria 1-0 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos Wednesday. The Super Eagles were easily given the game by the pundits, who ranked them significantly higher than the Wild Beasts in every element of the contest. Nigeria wasn’t supposed to lose this match.
The Super Eagles had won their first two games, at home against Liberia and away against Cape Verde, prior to yesterday.
Central African Republic, on the other hand, was a no-hoper, having only one point from a home tie with Cape Verde to show for their two games. Nigeria was 90 places ahead of CAR in FIFA rankings heading into the game.
Nigeria, the three-time African champions, had not lost in their previous 25 matches.
The visitors had a strategy of absorbing the Eagles’ attacks and counter-attacking. And it worked out well for them because they were able to find a naïve team on the opposing side.
The Wild Beasts became emboldened by the Super Eagles’ inability to break their defense, and they began to try their luck, piling pressure on the uneasy Leon Balogun-led back line.
Then, in stoppage time, the unexpected happened when Karl Namnganda stunned the football world by beating the Eagles’ defense.
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