CHAN Bound Eagles Beaten By Jordan

Coach Stephen Keshi and his Super Eagles Team B failed to fly on Monday as they lost an international friendly match against Jordan by a lone goal at the Amman International Stadium.

The Eagles were not spectacular on the night, as Jordanians snatched away a vital goal through a penalty kick perfectly tucked in by skipper Hatem Aqel in the 42nd minute.

The referee ruled that Rabiu Ali pushed Yousef Rawashdeh in the box, which gave the Jordanian side an edge from the spot, as they maintain the score line in the drab match between the African champions and their Asian hosts.

Before the Eagles conceded the goal, they made one or two efforts in the first half, with the first attempt at goal in the 22nd minute when Christian Obiazo shot wide from a close range.
Keshi’s boys had another opportunity in the 37th minute, when Ugonna Uzochukwu tried to convert a free kick from Oghenekaro Etebor but the Jordanian goalkeeper was in a good position to stop the ball.

Rangers goalkeeper, Chigozie Agbim, who captained the Nigerian side saved what could have been another goal for the hosts before the break, leaving the score line 1-0 after 45 minutes.

Sunday Mba, who had a nice game nearly scored at about eight minutes into the second half, when he sneaked into the defence of Jordan, but he shot wide.
Jordan also had another chance wasted in the 78th minute when a loose ball hit the cross bar, beating the Nigerian goalkeeper hands down.

There were other attempts by Ejike Uzoenyi and Christian Obiozor, while Keshi also introduced Ede Ifeanyi and Imenger Barnabas, but the Eagles fired blank till end of the match.

 

The Eagles, who were expected to raise their game played below their potentials, while Jordan had an upper hand in the encounter used by both teams to prepare for their next international championships.

Jordan are preparing for their clash against Uruguay in a Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup playoff in November, while Nigeria tested her team in preparation for the South Africa 2014 African Soccer Championship, CHAN.


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