CHAN: Home Eagles Outclass Equatorial Guinea, Reach Quarter-Finals, Win Group

CHAN: Home Eagles Outclass Equatorial Guinea, Reach Quarter-Finals, Win Group

By James Agberebi: Nigeria’s home-based Super Eagles have qualified for the quarter-finals of the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) after coming from a goal down to beat already eliminated Equatorial Guinea 3-1 in Group C on Tuesday.

The last time Nigeria qualified for the quarter-finals was at their debut in the 2014 edition in South Africa.

Goals from Anthony Okpotu, Dayo Ojo and a penalty from Rabiu Ali saw Nigeria finish as Group C winners on seven points.

In the group other game also on Tuesday night, Libya pipped Rwanda 1-0 to finish second on six points.

Nigeria will now meet the runners-up in Group D in the quarter-finals on Sunday, 28 January.

Stephen Eze had Nigeria’s first attempt on goal in the ninth minute but saw his header from a corner go wide.

Nigeria continued to boss the game but were lacking the cutting edge in the final third.

But with five minutes remaining in the first half, Equatorial Guinea took a shock lead through Nsi Eyama who headed past Ikechukwu Ezenwa from a corner as the Nigerian defenders were caught ball watching.

In the 43rd minute, Nigeria should have equalised but Sunday Faleye fired his effort off target with the only keeper to beat.

Seven minutes into the second half, Nigeria went close to drawing level, this time through Emeka Ogbugh who failed to take advantage of a loose ball inside Equatorial Guinea’s box.

Nigeria were back on level terms in the 59th minute thanks to Okpotu off a superb diving header from an excellent Osas Okoro cross from the right.

In the 62nd minute, Nigeria had their first change with Rabiu Ali replacing Ifeanyi Ifeanyi.

Nigeria went 2-1 up on 69 minutes thanks to Ojo who smashed in a shot from about 25 yards which curled past the opponents keeper Pascual Elibiyo.

On 79 minutes, Okpotu attempted a bicycle kick but Equatorial Guinea keeper made a good save.

And in the 83rd minute substitute Ali made it 3-1 to Nigeria from the penalty spot after Okpotu was bundled down inside the box.


  • PapaFem 12 months ago

    Fantastic second half. But the defence needs dome steel. EQG goal was ridiculous. Ojo Ekundayo made up for that sha with the screamer of a goal. cheers boy

  • ako amadi 12 months ago

    Waiting to see what punishment CAF will serve out to the coach of Equatorial Guinea for insulting the referee at the end of a game in which his side was squarely beaten. Even his players joined in the verbal attack on the referee in full view of TV cameras. Disgusting stuff!!

  • Thanks to Nigerian players for the efforts showed to equalised and surpassed their rival more strength to them ahead.

  • Victor 12 months ago

    Awesome game yesterday. The “never say die” attitude the boys showed was amazing. Let’s start preparing to play Angola cos I don’t see them beating Congo and Cameroon would want to win or draw their last game at least. Even if Burkina Faso wins that game then they need to score more than 3 goals against Cameroon in order to qualify ahead of Angola.

  • Amadis Gakiga 12 months ago

    that’s a good beginning

  • Guys after re-watching the vs Equatorial Guinea(EG) match, I am afraid, these boys will disappoint Nigerians. With a clear and sharp eyes, I could analyze the match and my verdict is that teams like Morocco, Zambia will beat us. Can we beat Angola? Let’s analyze the vs EG goals. (1) The opponent scored first and we could not equalise in the 1st half. (2) 15 minutes or so into the 2nd half we scored the equalizer with a header. A good pin point cross but that heading almost sent the over the bar!! Was his eyes close? (3) the 2nd goal was a very long distance shot. It should count as one of the best goal of the tournament except that shagalo goal scored by one of the countries. But I am afraid to observe that it was a goal scored as ‘anywhere belly face.’ It was not a calculated and deliberately directed play. Fortunate that it went in. We no vex. (4) Our 3rd goal was a penelty but a soft one that could be overlooked. If were playing Morocco, that penalty wouldn’t have been given. I begin to wonder if the Amaju Pinnick factor is in it. I heard he is the Organizing Committee Chairman. We no vex sha. Football politics na im dey work. (5) I noticed that the boys were playing with heavy legs. Is it tiredness or what. They could not score clear chances. They are not good in a one on one situation. Unlike what we watch in EPL, LA liga, serie A, ligue 1. Summary is that none of the players so far are qualify to play for the World Cup Super Eagles.

  • I agreed 100% with djch. You nailed it. Very intelligent and unbiased analysis. You just spoke the mind of most Nigerians watching this team. There’s hardly any box-to-box intelligent interplay that leads to a goal. I’ve never really like Yussuf coaching with SE. Amuneke is the closest to Rohr in terms of technical ability. The 3 goals were more or less flukes. I repeat, only Faleye has impressed me so far in this team and Ezenwa should be completely dropped from the Russia 2018 plane.

  • The prince 12 months ago

    djch you are on point. I don’t see this team going. far because I have seen the performance of teams like zambia, and Morocco play. This Nigeria team can not withstand the pace of those boys