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WRAPUP 1-Soccer-Sierra Leone stage four-goal comeback to hold Nigeria

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By Mark Gleeson
CAPE TOWN, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Sierra Leone came from four
goals down to hold Nigeria to a 4-4 draw in a dramatic Africa
Cup of Nations qualifier in Benin City as the preliminaries for
the 2022 finals continued on Friday.
Tunisia kept their 100% record in the qualifiers with a 1-0
home victory over Tanzania, while Morocco's Hakim Ziyech scored
twice as they beat Central African Republic 4-1 but South Africa
struggled before winning 2-0 at home to Sao Tome e Principe.
Nigeria raced into a 4-0 lead inside the first half-hour as
Alex Iwobi scored twice, the first in the fourth minute, and
Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze added two more.
But Kwame Quee pulled one back for Sierra Leone four minutes
before the break after which the visitors staged a remarkable
recovery with Alhaji Kamara scoring twice in between Mustapha
Bundu's effort – all in the final 18 minutes – to draw.
Angry fans demonstrated outside the stadium after the game
forcing Nigeria's team to spend several hours in their changing
room before being able to leave.
Nigeria remain top of Group L with seven points from three
games while Sierra Leone moved off the bottom on two.
Ziyech's double, including a penalty, plus goals from Achraf
Hakimi and debutant Zakaria Aboukhlal allowed Morocco to enjoy a
comfortable win over Central African Republic in Casablanca.
Penalties proved decisive in Friday's other four qualifiers.
Tunisia have nine points from three games in Group J after
captain Youssef Msakni's first half spot kick saw them to a
narrow win over Tanzania in Tunis.
Mali joined Guinea at the top of Group A after their 1-0
home win over Namibia in Bamako, with teenager El Bilal Toure
netting a 38th-minute penalty.
South Africa also needed a spot kick to help them avoid
embarrassment against Sao Tome, a country with a population of
just 200,000 and ranked 182nd in world football.
Percy Tau converted the penalty after 55 minutes in the
Group C game, with Bongani Zungu adding a second with a header
from a corner in the last minute to ensure victory in Durban.
Earlier on Friday, Niger's Youssouf Oumarou netted a 74th
minute penalty which proved enough to beat Ethiopia 1-0 in
Niamey as they picked up their first points in Group K.

WRAPUP 1-Soccer-Sierra Leone stage four-goal comeback to hold Nigeria
 

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