AFCON Qualifier: Congo Stun Nigeria In A 3-2 Away Win

AFCON Qualifier: Congo Stun Nigeria In A 3-2 Away Win


African champions Nigeria lost their first game in Calabar on Saturday when they were stunned 3-2 by Congo in an AFCON 2015 qualifier.

This was the second time Congo will beat Nigeria, the first being a 2-1 win in 1970 in an AFCON 1972 qualifier.

The visiting Red Devils of Congo were the better team and deserved their win on the road as they attacked even when they were enjoying a comfortable win and were never intimidated by the star-studded Super Eagles.

Nigeria will now be under pressure going into Wednesday’s match at group leaders South Africa, who won 3-0 in Sudan on Friday.

Nigeria took the lead after 13 minutes when Efe Ambrose headed home from inside the box beyond the diving goalkeeper Chansel Massa.

However, Congo drew level two minutes later when Congo forward Thievy Bifouma went past the Nigeria defence from the right flank and skipper Prince Oniangue easily slotted home from inside the box.

Bifouma turned from provider to scorer in the 40th minute, when he combined well inside the box before he picked his spot with the left foot.

Bifouma will score Congo’s third goal in the 54th minute from the penalty spot after he was brought down inside the box by Ogenyi Onazi.

Emmanuel Emenike and Nosa Igiebor brought more urgency to the Eagles attack when they were introduced in the second half, but Congo were equally resolute in defence.

Substitute Gbolahan Salami then pulled a goal back a minute to full time off a goalmouth scramble to put some respectability to this scoreline for the home side.

Credit: African Football

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