Eagles thrash E/Guinea, Qualifies for CHAN Q/finals

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The home-based Super Eagles on Tuesday thrashed Equatorial Guinea 3-1 to advance into the quarter-finals of the 5th African Nations Championship (CHAN) holding in Morocco.

The Eagles who came from behind in Agadir dominated the game with many goal scoring chances being wasted as they had earlier done in each of their first two matches against Rwanda and Libya.

They earlier defeated Libya 1-0 with the 79-minute goal scored by Sunday Faleye’s before Tuesday’s match, and they soon looked like having to regret their wastefulness.

From a corner kick, Equatorial Guinea took the lead with five minutes to half-time when Nsi Eyama’s powerful header flew past goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa into the net.

Faleye had a great opportunity to level up three minutes later as Anthony Okpotu chested down a pullout for him, but he fluffed it with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Ater bungling two further opportunities to level up within seven minutes of the second half, Okpotu sneaked in to head home Osas Okoro’s cross in the 59 minute. Ten minutes later, substitute Rabiu Ali found Dayo Ojo whose shot from about 25 metres out gave Nigeria their second goal and the lead.

Ali then scored from the penalty spot seven minutes from time to put the game beyond their foes, after Okpotu was upended in the box.

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