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Published On: Thu, Jan 25th, 2018

Why CHAN Eagles are still in Agadir after quarter finals belt

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By Amaechi Agbo

The Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, has provided clarifications on why the Super Eagles B team in the ongoing African Nations Championship, CHAN in Morocco is yet to leave the city after their 3-1 win against Equatorial Guinea yesterday to book a place in the quarter finals.
Officials have disclosed that the Super Eagles were at Grand Stade Agadir to watch likely Congo and Angola battle for the leadership of Group D and determine their possible opponents in the next stage of the competition.
“We will watch the last Group D match between Angola and Congo tonight (yesterday) in Agadir before we head back to Tangier for our quarterfinal possibly against one of these teams on Sunday,” disclosed Eagles spokesman Toyin Ibitoye.
However, Burkina Faso still have a mathematical chance of also sneaking into the last-eight.
Congo have won their first two games and have six points, Angola are on four points, while Burkina Faso have a point and will need a big win over already-eliminated Cameroon and for Angola to lose to go through.
Angola need only a draw with leaders Congo to finish as runners-up and set-up a second CHAN clash with Nigeria after both teams first clashed at the 2014 tournament in South Africa.
The quarterfinals fixed for Saturday are already known – hosts Morocco vs Namibia in Casablanca and Zambia vs Sudan in Marrakech.
Nigeria sailed into the last eight of the 5th African Nations Championship in Morocco after coming from a goal down to thrash Equatorial Guinea 3-1 in Agadir.
From a corner kick, Equatorial Guinea took the lead with five minutes to half time as Nsi Eyama’s powerful header flew past goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa and defender Daniel James into the net.
Faleye had a great opportunity to level up three minutes later as Anthony Okpotu chested down a pull out for him, but he fluffed it with only the goalkeeper to beat.
In the second half, the Eagles bungled two further opportunities to level up within seven minutes, before Okpotu sneaked in –between two defenders to power home a header from Osas Okoro’s in –swinger for the leveller, in the 59th minute.
Three minutes later, veteran Rabiu Ali came in for Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, and it was the 2014 bronze medallist who made the second goal and scored the third.
The result meant Nigeria finished as Group C winners, and will return to the more familiar Grand Stade Tanger for their quarter final against the second –placed team in Group D on Sunday.
Victory in that game will mean another city movement, this time to Marrakech for the semi finals on Wednesday next week.

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