Visiting Central African Republic are celebrating shocking Nigeria’s Super Eagles in front of their Lagos fans Thursday evening in Group C 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
Karl Namnganda, who plays in the French fourth division, scored in the 90th minute to give the Central African Republic a stunning 1-0 away win over a Nigerian team that paraded globally-known forwards like Victor Osimhen of Napoli and Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City.
CAR coach, Raoul Savoy, was full of praises that his boys could beat the Eagles, adding that his team were able to achieve the rare feat because they played to instructions he gave them before the match that was decided at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
According to Savoy, his players didn’t allow the Super Eagles to play quick football, which the Nigerians are widely known of.
He disclosed that CAR put in a strategy that worked against Nigeria, adding that his players gave their best during the encounter
“We stood by them and knew that if we cut them off and don’t allow them to be quick, then we have got a chance. It’s a very great result for us.
“I’m very happy because we put in a strategy and it worked. And when you put in a strategy and have young players, because we have young players in our team, who listen and put their heart in, they can beat anyone.
“Nigeria is one of the best teams in Africa but sometimes in football, you don’t take the game seriously because you feel at the beginning you have already won. I feel the Eagles said ‘we are going to take the three points and focus on other things’.”
CAR will host Nigeria’s Eagles on Sunday in Douala, Cameroon.