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Nigeria Stays Perfect with 4-1 Win over Sierra Leone
    2008-10-12 15:37:30     Xinhua

Nigeria consolidated their leadership of Group Four of the qualifying tournament for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa with a 4-1 trouncing of Sierra Leone on Saturday.

The Super Eagles finished their second round qualifying group with a maximum 18 points from six matches while Sierra Leone finished with seven points.

Nigeria has now qualified for the draw for the third round of the qualifying tournament, which also serves for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.

The home team opened scoring in the 19th minute through midfielder Christian Obodo when he slotted home after a goalmouth scramble.

However, Sierra Leone was level after 33 minutes when a misunderstanding between central defenders Joseph Yobo and John Shittu saw Yobo conceded an own-goal.

Nigeria restored their lead two minutes later when Beijing Olympics star Victor Obinna netted his team's second goal before Osaze Odemwingie increased the Eagles advantage with another fine effort in first half stoppage time.

Russia-based defender Chidi Odiah scored the best goal of the day when his clean strike from outside the box beat the Sierra Leonian goalkeeper.

 
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