African football giants Nigeria were on the end of a stunning result in favour of the Central African Republic (CAR) when the two nations met at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos. The two countries met for the first of a double header during the October international break as the race for the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar hots up in the African section.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are one of the best teams in African football but they didn’t show their quality against minnows CAR as they were lacklustre for much of the game. In the end, they were beaten 1-0 in front of their fans thanks to a stoppage time strike from Les Herbiers player Karl Namnganda.

The Nigerians had a perfect record in the qualifiers on the African football scene ahead of the Central African Republic (CAR) matchup on Thursday as teams battle to qualify for the Qatar 2022 tournament.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria started their Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-0 home win over Liberia thanks to a brace from Leicester City star Kelechi Iheanacho. In-form Napoli striker Victor Osimhen then scored one of the goals as Nigeria came from a goal down to beat hosts Cape Verde 2-1. The slender victory over Cape Verde meant that the three-time African football champions had a maximum of six points from two games in Group C ahead of the encounter with CAR. The Nigerians were overwhelming favourites for the CAR game but they didn’t live up to the billing.

The Nigerians are still the top team in Group C of the African qualifiers for Qatar 2022 despite the shock loss to CAR. They have two more points than CAR and Cape Verde. Liberia are the fourth and final team in the group. The Liberians are the last on the standings after they lost 2-1 at home to Cape Verde on Thursday.