Rangers star Joe Aribo was subbed off in the second half as Nigeria suffered a shock World Cup Qualifying defeat to the Central African Republic in Lagos.
Nigeria headed into the fixture sitting top of CAF Qualifying Group C with the maximum six points from their opening two matches, while CAR had picked just a solitary point from theirs.
Given that the Super Eagles are also ranked a whopping 90 places above their opponents in the FIFA World Rankings, it was expected to be a comfortable outing on home turf.
In reality, though, it was anything but.
Three Rangers players were named in the matchday squad, with Aribo and Leon Balogun making the starting XI, while Calvin Bassey, who is getting his taste of international football during this current camp, was named on the bench.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Napoli striker Victor Osimhen was the major threat for the hosts and he hit the post with a lob in the second half.
However, Gernot Rohr’s side were unable to create a significant number of chances and they were eventually stunned by the resilient visitors.
After Aribo had been replaced by Ahmed Musa, Karl Namnganda – who plays in the fourth tier of French football with Les Herbiers – netted in the 90th minute to secure all three points for CAR.
Nigeria remain top of the group despite the defeat but the result will not go down well with their supporters and Rohr has a few issues to sort out if he wants to avoid a repeat embarrassment when the two sides meet again in Bangui on Sunday.
Aribo, Balogun and Bassey weren’t the only Rangers stars to taste a shock defeat on international duty on Thursday, though.