Despite early scare, 'Super Eagles' rally to secure maximum points
Nigeria 2-1 Benin
With the 2-1 win over Benin, Nigeria top Group L with the next game away to Lesotho on Sunday.
A Final apology folks for the lack of a traditional minute by minute live feed. Technical reasons beyond our control prevented us from doing so.
FT in Uyo: Nigeria 2-1 Benin, goals from Victor Osimhen and Samuel Kalu give Nigeria a winning start to Group L.
Lesotho equalise in Sierra Leone (1-1)
Into the final minute of normal time. Nigeria retain the lead.
Once again folks, apologies, for not being able to bring bring you our traditional live minute by minute live coverage of the game from Uyo due to technical reasons beyond our control.
Five minutes of normal time remain in Uyo.
In the other Group L game, Sierra Leone have taken the lead (Min 77) against Lesotho.
If this is the live coverage being beamed to Nigerian homes, maybe just as well that we can't access the game live !
An hour into the AFCON 2021 Group L match in Uyo and still tied 1-1
NTA having a shocker by the looks of things !
We're back underway in Uyo.
All square too in the other Group L game this evening with Sierra Leone and Lesotho tied at 0-0
HT in Uyo.
Anyhow, it's still 0-1 to Benin with a fifth minute goal from veteran Sessegnon the difference between the teams.
Once again apologies for a situation beyond our control. We're as frustrated as you are ; /
Despite no live pix. from Uyo, we'll provide updates, HT, FT scores and any major incidents from the AFCON qualifier.
* Apologies, but we currently unable to bring you live coverage of the game from Uyo due to technical reasons *
Victor Osimhen gets the game underway for the Super Eagles
All set in Uyo. The teams are on the pitch.
A win for the visitors paying out at a handsome 10/1 with the Super Eagles strongly fancied to start their AFCON 2021 campaign with a victory.
Many Super Eagles fans not happy with the selection of veteran stopper Daniel Akpeyi between the sticks today.
Benin will wear their all yellow kit.
Nigeria set to wear their now iconic and world famous green kit, white shorts, green socks
A muggy evening in Akwa Ibom state tonight with a possibility of thunderstorms during the game. Currently a temp. of 28C in Uyo.
Danger man for Benin tonight will be Glasgow Rangers striker Joe Aribo. The forward impressed in the recent friendly against Brazil in Singapore and was on target that day for the Super Eagles as he earned his second cap.
Huddersfield Town striker Steve Mounié leads the attack for the "Squirrels" tonight with the 25-year-old having already bagged 7 goals in 25 starts for Benin.
Benin start with the following XI
Lesotho and Sierra Leone are the other sides in Group L but both Benin and Nigeria will be expected to progress to the 2021 tournament in Cameroon.
Nigeria XI confirmed
Kick-off in Uyo is at 17:00 CET (and local time)
Hello and welcome to our live coverage from the capital of Akwa Ibom state as Nigeria welcome Benin for a Group L CAN 2021 qualifier.