In a crucial match for Nigeria’s qualification for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Guinea-Bissau at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja.

The loss leaves Nigeria with a daunting task of securing a win in the reverse leg against Guinea-Bissau if they want to remain in contention for automatic qualification as one of the two teams from Group A.

Despite starting well and creating some chances, Nigeria failed to convert them, and Guinea-Bissau gradually took control of the game.

Mama Balde scored the winning goal for the visitors in the 29th minute, and Nigeria could not find an equalizer despite some late chances.

The defeat puts Nigeria’s qualification hopes in jeopardy and underscores the need for a better performance in the remaining qualifying matches.