Leone Stars of Sierra Leone on Friday evening came back from 4-0 down to draw 4-4 against the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City.
Alex Iwobi scored twice Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze had given Nigeria a 4-0 lead, before Kwame Quee, Al-Hadji Kamara (two goals) and Mustapha Bundu getting the goals for Sierra Leone with the second leg taking place on Tuesday in Freet
Immediately after Kamara’s big miss, Nigeria doubled their advantage through Osimhen who poked in Zaidu Sanusi’s delightful low cross in the 22nd minute.
Iwobi grabbed his second goal of the game and the third for Nigeria of the game in the 27th minute curling in a shot from 30 yards after strings from crisp passes between Musa and Osimhen.
Chukwueze made it 4-0 two minutes later when he latched on to a flick pass from Osimhen and raced through on goal beating his marker before scoring.
Quame Quee reduced the deficit for the Leone Stars in the 41st. Kamara robbed Chukwueze of the ball in the midfield and played a perfect pass for Quee to score. The strike means the Eagles have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last five games.
In the second half, the Eagles failed to replicate their dominance conceding three goals in the last 20 minutes of the encounter.
The Sierra Leone coach John Keister brought on Alhaji Kamara and Rodney Strasser for Alie Sesay and John Kamara respectively and the pair made an instant impact scoring in the 72nd and 81st minute.