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Published On: Sat, Nov 15th, 2014

Uche, Samuel Score as Nigeria Thrashes Congo to Keep AFCON 2015 Hopes Alive

LAGOS NOVEMBER 15TH (URHOBOTODAY)-Recalled Ikechukwu Uche and Aaron Samuel both scored, as the Super Eagles of Nigeria defeated Congo 2-0 in Pointe-Noire, to put themselves in a fine position to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
The African champions came into the match, needing to win by two clear goals to gain head-to-head advantage over the Congolese, as they had lost 3-2 to the East Africans in the first leg.
Nigeria failed to convert any of their many chances in the first half, before Emmanuel Emenike was felled in the area early in the second half. Uche stepped up and squeezed home the penalty kick. The Villareal striker failed to convert Samuel’s fine cross.
However, Samuel took the matter into his hands and burst into the area in the dying minutes of the game, before curling in a sublime effort.
The Super Eagles are now second in the group and play South Africa – who have already qualified – next week.

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