Congo Daze Nigeria In Calabar

African champions, the Super Eagles of Nigeria were dazed 3-2 by visiting Congo Brazzaville in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match played at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar on Saturday
The Nigerian team suffered from poor management occasioned by the imbroglio rocking the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, as the Red Devils of Congo were the better team and deserved the victory.
Congo terrorised their hosts who failed to impress the home fans, as Nigeria Coach Stephen Keshi was left to yell in vain for greater part of the encounter.
The Eagles scored first in the 13th minute when Efe Ambrose headed home from inside the box to beat goalkeeper Chansel Massa.
The Congolese side equalised barely two minutes when striker Thievy Bifouma broke through the Eagles defence from the right flank, and connected a finished pass to skipper Prince Oniangue who neatly tucked in the ball beyond goalkeeper Austin Ejide.
Bifouma who had a good day against Nigeria, scored the second goal for Congo in the 40th minute and completed the job with the third goal from the penalty spot in the 54th minute. That was after he was brought down inside the box by Ogenyi Onazi of Serie A side, Lazio.
However, second half substitute Gbolahan Salami reduced the tally for the Eagles in the 89th minute, but Congo ran away with the maximum points.
It was the second time that Congo defeated Nigeria, following a 2-1 win in 1970.
Meanwhile, South Africa’s Bafana Bafana lead Group A of the qualifiers after they beat Sudan 3-0 in Omdurman on Friday. South Africa will host Nigeria on Wednesday.


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