AFCONQ: Victor Osimhen’s injury helped us comeback vs Super Eagles – Sierra Leone midfielder

AFCONQ: Victor Osimhen’s injury helped us comeback vs Super Eagles – Sierra Leone midfielder

Leone Stars of Sierra Leone midfielder Rodney Strasser has attributed his team's surprise comeback against the Super Eagles to the absence of the injured Victor Osimhen.

Leone Stars of Sierra Leone midfielder Rodney Strasser has attributed his team’s surprise comeback against the Super Eagles to the absence of the injured Victor Osimhen.


Sierra Leone made a surprising comeback by canceling a 4-0 deficit to draw 4-4 in the first leg of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers in Benin.

Osimhen, who was on target in the game, was replaced when the game was 4-2 after dislocating his shoulder before the Leone Stars completed the fight.

And in a talk with prominent Nigerian journalist Oma Akatugba, Strasser admitted that Osimhen gave them trouble while on the field.

“I told the guys that if we score 4-3 they will wet their pants. When we scored 4-2 they came out and then 4-3 and I said we had to go and then it was good for us when Osimhen came out. It was good for us because he was the one who kept it there. He was the troublesome guy on the pitch, only he can have two or three players, but when he came out it was better for us.

Strasser claimed that the poor condition of the Siaka Stevens Stadium affected not only the Eagles but also the Leone Stars.

“Normally we all win at home, but we had a problem because our field wasn’t that good even for us because most of us played abroad, it wasn’t good for us either, not just for Nigeria, that’s what people don’t do. . understand.

“It was difficult for us because we only trained two days on the field. It was good for the local players. We used two home based defenders because our captain was disqualified and another player was on the bench, he plays in Greece.

“The home players had less problems, two of our defenders and the goalkeeper were from home, so they were comfortable on the field but the rest were professionals and it was a bit difficult for us to play on the field. We went for the win, we had a couple of chances, Nigeria also had chances but it was like a normal game, 50-50 on the pitch ”.

And on the comments made by NFF President Amaju Pinnick urging the Eagles to go to Freetown and win 4-0, the midfielder described it as disrespectful.

He added: “Everyone watched the video, it felt disrespectful, even though Nigeria is bigger than us in everything, population and Nigeria is an African giant. He pissed off the fans and they said we had to win, we had to beat them because he said they had to come and beat us 4-0, a wake-up call shouldn’t come from Sierra Leone.

“The wake-up calls should come from countries like Sierra Leone, not from Brazil because Brazil is a bigger team. If Nigeria loses to Brazil, it is normal. The game in Nigeria was a wake-up call because we tied there, coming from 4 goals down, it was a wake-up call. But he said it wasn’t a wake-up call because you need a wake-up call from Argentina, for me it was a wake-up call. “

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