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Video: How Cape Verde came back to give Nigeria a hot chase

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Nigeria and Cape Verde will face off on Tuesday in what will be a grand finale of Group C in the qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup after both won their matches on Saturday.

 

Nigeria beat Liberia 2-0 to remain top of the group with 12 points while Cape Verde came from a goal down to beat Central Africa Republic 2-1 to remain second with 10 points, two behind Nigeria.

In Mindelo, the hosts were stunned early when Isaac Ngoma gave the Central Africans an 11th minute lead, one which they guarded till halftime.

However, Cape Verde came off the break a different side and it took them just six minutes to get back to level terms, Julio Tavares finding the back of the net.

They kept the push and got the winner with quarter of an hour left after Ianique dos Santos Tavares netted the second.

Heading to the final match in Lagos on Tuesday, Cape Verde are in a must win situation to progress to the play-off round while Nigeria, who have a two-point lead, just need in the least a draw.

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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