August 8, 2022

2023 AFCON Qualifiers: Rohr alerts Eagles on ‘invading’ Leone Stars

2023 AFCON Qualifiers: Rohr alerts Eagles on ‘invading’ Leone Stars

German Gernot Rohr said the Super Eagles must be wary of the visiting Leone Stars of Sierra Leone as they open their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group An account today at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

The Super Eagles under Rohr  in 2020, played out two energetic drawn  matches  against the Leone Stars  in the qualifying tournament for the  Cameroon 2021 AFCON  with the game in Benin City ending dramatically  4-4 draw  after  the visitors pulled their chestnuts from the fire  and   bounced from an imminent  4-1 defeat. The second leg in Freetown did not produce a winner either as they both settled for a goalless draw.

Yesterday meeting was the 12th between the two West African sides as the Super Eagles aim for their first victory under new coach Jose Peseiro.

The Portuguese have recorded two losses in as many friendly matches against Mexico (2-1) and Ecuador (1-0) and Rohr warned the Super Eagles must be ready to a tough task against the battle-hardened Leone Stars who impressed at the Cameroon 2021 after holding both Algeria and Cote d’Ivoire.

“The Eagles know that there is no easy game in Africa,” noted the former Bayern Munich defender. “Sierra Leone  made a good AFCON and  cannot be underrated.”

Incidentally, the Super Eagles  are searching for their first  win since that 2-0 defeat of  Guinea-Bissau  in their Preliminary  AFCON 2021 Group D at the Stade Roumdé Adjia in Garoua on 19th January.

Apart from losing to Tunisia (1-0)  at the AFCON, the Super Eagles drew twice against Black Stars of Ghana  in Qatar 2022 Play-Off ties with a goalless in Tema and a1-1 draw in Abuja  that cost Nigeria the ticket to the Mundial coupled with the  recent losses to Mexico and Ecuador.

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But Rohr noted the recent setback should be an additional motivation  for the Super eagles to bury the ghost of the visitors.

“After five  games without victory, they (super Eagles) should be very hungry to win the match,” noted the former Bordeaux manager.

Nigeria vs: Sierra Leone: head-to-head

Date                                      Match                                   Result                   Competition

22 Apr 1961         Sierra Leone v Nigeria    W            2-4          International Friendly

27 Jan 1968         Nigeria v Sierra Leone    W            4-1          International Friendly

16 Oct 1976         Sierra Leone v Nigeria    D             0-0          FIFA World Cup

30 Oct 1976         Nigeria v Sierra Leone    W            6-2          FIFA World Cup

28 Feb 1977        Sierra Leone v Nigeria    D             1-1          Africa Cup of Nations

28 Feb 1977        Nigeria v Sierra Leone    W            2-0          Africa Cup of Nations

27 Oct 1979         Sierra Leone v Nigeria    D             0-0          International Friendly

04 Jul 1987           Nigeria v Sierra Leone    W            3-0          Africa Cup of Nations

18 Jul 1987           Sierra Leone v Nigeria    L              2-0          Africa Cup of Nations

17 Jun 2000         Nigeria v Sierra Leone    W            2-0          FIFA World Cup

21 Apr 2001         Sierra Leone v Nigeria    L              1-0          FIFA World Cup

07 Jun 2008         Sierra Leone v Nigeria    W            0-1          FIFA World Cup

11 Oct 2008         Nigeria v Sierra Leone    W            4-1          FIFA World Cup

09 Feb 2011        Nigeria v Sierra Leone    W            2-1          International Friendly

13 Nov 2020        Nigeria v Sierra Leone    D             4-4          Africa Cup of Nations

17 Nov 2020        Sierra Leone v Nigeria    D             0-0          Africa Cup of Nations

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