On matchday 4 of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, the Super Eagles defeated the Central African Republic 1-0. Avenging a humiliating 1-0 loss in the reverse encounter on Thursday in Lagos against the same opponent.
Here are 4 things we learned from the match
1. OKoye is Rohr's Number 1
After arriving late to the camp due to a reported missing flight, Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper Maduka Okoye was benched in the 1-0 loss to the Central African Republic on Thursday in Lagos.
In Douala, though, the Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper was reinstated to the starting lineup. This demonstrates that he is without a doubt Rohr's first-choice goalkeeper, practically to the exclusion of other goalkeepers who may be in better form.
2. CAF Needs VAR
The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) must be introduced into the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), particularly in the final rounds of qualifying in March 2022.
In the qualifications, the guys with the whistles have made some contentious calls.
Victor Osimhen was stomped on in the opposition box by a CAR defender, but he did not receive a well-deserved penalty.
Other erroneous rulings have been made in previous matches around the continent.
3. Nigerian Fans are very loyal
A small group of Nigerian fans made the trip to Douala to support the team. Even when the goals didn't come, seeing them sing from the stands, "All We Are Saying, Give Us One Goal," was uplifting.
The fans, who had booed their players after conceding to the opponents in Lagos, were at their best on Sunday evening, singing praises to their heroes, and their faith was rewarded with the first-half goals.
4. Rohr's decision to start Musa was significant.
In his 100th competitive appearance for the Super Eagles, head coach Gernot Rohr chose to start captain Ahmed Musa.
The seasoned campaigner gave a sense of serenity to the team, and based on his clout, he should have started against the opposition on Thursday.
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