AFCON 2015: Cape Verde Thumps Hosts Niger 2-1

AFCON 2015: Cape Verde Thumps Hosts Niger 2-1

Home team Niger had no answer to visiting Cape Verde as they were whipped 3-1 in a round one Group ‘F’ 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier played at the Général Seyni Kountché Stadium.

All four goals came in the first half with the second half stayed barren. The visitors hit the back of the net as early as the ninth minute through Dutch-born winger Garry Mendes Rodrigues, a loanee at Spanish side Elche CF from Levski Sofia.

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The Islanders then doubled matters seven minutes later with a goal from striker Odair Fortes of French Ligue 1 side Stade Reims .

23-year old striker Ze Luis, on loan at Hungarian side Videoton from Spanish second tier side Braga B, turned the game into a rout when he added the third for Cape Verde.

The early goals spurred Niger, but they only managed a to net a consolation four minutes past the half hour mark through 26-year old forward Moussa Maazou who turns out for Portuguese side Maritimo.

With all three points in the bag, Cape Verde assume pole in the group pushing Mozambique, who earlier in the day held Zambia to a 0-0 draw in Ndola to second spot.

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