Kelechi Iheanacho scored the winner for Nigeria in a 3-2 win against Sierra Leone as the Super Eagles qualified for the 2023 Afcon finals.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria opened the scoring in the 19th minute through Victor Osimhen. The in-form Napoli forward doubled up the visitors’ lead about 13 minutes later.
The hosts pulled one back before half-time by 26-year-old Mustapha Bundu who got Sierra Leone’s opener.
It took the Leone Stars some time to launch a fight back through Augustus Kargbo who struck in the 84th minute, and from there, the match looked set to finish in a two-all draw. But Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho had other plans as he scored in the dying moments of the referee’s optional time.
The Super Eagles qualified for the 2023 Afcon finals after collecting nine points from five games which sees them at the top of Group C standings.
The Nigerians have won four of their five games, becoming one of the couple of sides to have already booked a ticket to next year’s finals to be staged in Ivory Coast. In their opening game, they beat Sierra Leone 2-1 before a 10-0 demolition job over Sao Tome and Principe.
Nigeria – who have qualified alongside Guinea Bissau – will conclude their qualification in September when they host Sao Tome in their own backyard.