Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, who was replaced by Kelechi Iheanacho in the 71st minute while the Eagles still led 4-1, has apologised to Nigerians for the poor ending to the encounter
“This has been a real shocker. I want to, on behalf of the entire team, apologise to the generality of Nigerians for this poor result. We will go to Freetown and do the needful,” he said.
Nigeria ran to a four-goal lead in the game’s opening half-hour courtesy of an Alex Iwobi double, a Victor Osimhen strike, and a Samuel Chukwueze wonder goal.
However, an unlikely Sierra Leone come back began in the 41st minute when Kwame Quee fired past Maduka Okoye following a Chukwueze mistake.
Three further goals in the game’s last 20 minutes completed the Leone Stars’ incredible fightback, earned the visitors a point from the encounter, and sent shock waves down the marrow of every Nigerian fan.
Nigeria and Sierra Leone trade tackles again on Tuesday in the return Group L fixture of the Afcon qualifying series.
Gernot Rohr’s men retain the group’s top spot with seven points, despite dropping their first points of the campaign, while the Leon Stars now boast two points from their three games played.