Crunch Tie: Nigeria Go For Broke Against Congo

Crunch Tie: Nigeria Go For Broke Against Congo

–Eagles seek maximum points in Point Noire

African champions Nigeria will have to be at their best if they are to improve their chances of automatic qualification to next year’s AFCON, when they face hosts Congo in a decisive Group A tie today.


Congo are second in the standings on seven points from four matches, three points ahead of third-placed Nigeria with only the top two teams guaranteed automatic passage to the tournament proper.

Nigeria have finally recalled Villarreal striker Ikechukwu Uche, who was at daggers drawn with Coach Stephen Keshi.  He had insisted the striker who last featured for the country in the final of AFCON 2013 against Burkina Faso was tactically not disciplined and that the player had said he has to be begged to play again for Nigeria.


Keshi himself has only just returned to his post, after he was asked to step down and former Nigeria Coach Shiabu Amodu was appointed along with new assistants.

“We have the players who can do Nigeria proud in the remaining qualifying games and I know somehow we will make it to the finals and retain our trophy,” said ‘Big Boss’ Keshi.

Nigeria’s Europe-based stars struggled on the artificial pitch in Sudan last month and lost 1-0, but Turkey-based midfielder Raheem Lawal insists they cannot afford a repeat performance on the astro turf at the Stade Municipal in Pointe-Noire.

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  • Nigerian z country of surprises. Congo will find out once again that we’re a hard nut to crack for them.
    They av to regret beating us on our own soil.
    I still trust in the ability of Keshi & his boys. They must av learnt a few lessons from past failures.

  • lucky Ukhun 7 years ago

    I think complete sports is fast becoming a sport newspaper of big man editors,otherwise how can one explain that a day after the Nigerian vs Congo match,the site is yet to be updated! It shouldn’t be so

  • Lucky you are right.