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Nigeria 2 – 3 Congo: Super Eagles lose to spirited Red Devils

Nigeria 2 – 3 Congo: Super Eagles lose to spirited Red Devils

African champions Nigeria lost 3-2 to Congo on Saturday in their first 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifier at the UJ Eusene Stadium, Calabar on Saturday.

Thierry Bifouma scored twice while Prince Oniangue scored the other goal. Efe Ambrose and Gbolahan Salami find the back of the net for Nigeria but Congo got their first victory over the Nigerian side since 1970.


Congo are now joint leaders in the group but perhaps the complexion of the game might have been different if Nosa Igiebor had converted a golden chance top bring the Super Eagles back into the game.

Congo dominated possession even after going one goal down thanks to an Efe Ambrose header from a free kick played by Ahmed Musa who was yellow-carded in the game for dissent. John Mikel Obi also found himself in the book.


Questions will be asked of the decision of Stephen Keshi to bench Emmanuel Emenike in favour of Uche Nwofor who only had one decent effort in the game, after he latched onto an Nnamdi Oduamadi square pass and delivered a shot that missed target by whiskers.

Eagles keeper on the day, Austin Ejide agrees that the result was a wake-up call and happy to see the team finish the game without any injury to the players.

“The Congo players played as if they were the home game. We improved in the second half. If we had played in the first half as much as we did in the second half, we wouldn’t have had this result. Thank God we finished the game without injuries to the players.

“This game was a wake-up call and we shall go to South Africa with the ambition to win,” the shot-stopper assured.

Sudan on Friday lost 3-0 to South Africa at home. The games on Wednesday; South Africa versus Nigeria and Congo versus Sudan could go long ways to shaping up how the group might finish and which countries qualifies for the
Nations Cup in January from the group.

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  • Felix 7 years ago

    That’s d result of corruption

  • @ Felix, you right. We all know that Corruption is the only problem our country is facing. Only God can save us in Nigeria. God bless Nigeria!

  • Runz Bender 7 years ago

    Is Mikel too big to be benched? Keshi aka “Big Boss knows all” should adopt a new approach towards players selection and overall game plan.

  • Francois 7 years ago

    Corruption has always been part of the Nigerian Football system. Loosing to Congo is not necessarily bout Corruption.

    Nigeria Lacks Creativity and a Playmaker. Nigeria has no individual match winner to turn a game around when the team is not playing well. Nigeria has multitude of defensive and combative midfielders and this is a big big problem.

    My suggestion is that Nigeria bring in Iheanacho and Chuks Aneke for creativity and also Isaac Success for his understanding with Iheanacho. Success has already broken into the first team in Granada. Aneke is and Arsenal product and has played over 80 games in English club. He has played in every game for top division Belgium club both in the league and in the Europa Cup. These young men are very skill, talented and are ready and hungry to deliver. Aneke has already played more games this season than Ruben Gabriel played the whole of last season.

    The lack of creativity and imagination killed Nigeria in the game VS Iran, VS france and now vs Congo. With better creative players Nigeria would most likely have gotten a result Vs Argentina. I like Uche Nwofor but he is currently without a club. I dont thing he should be starting for Nigeria.

  • mike Gilbert 7 years ago

    Listen, wether we like it or not, keshi dnt hve anytin to render anymore. He is nw proud n confuse,tanks

  • Onyenku 7 years ago

    The entire team played nonsens. The blame should not go only to Mikel . Keshi spoiled the game so he should be responsible for our the defeat. The defence was weak and no fighting spirit from the strikers.

  • Eniola Adewale 7 years ago

    Well,I dnt know wht is d problem of our team,we dnt play like a team nd keshi should try to bring more experience player nd he should try nd give our uncalled profesional a chance to prove themself especialy martins to boost our attackin role.

  • Christopher A 7 years ago

    When the elephants fights the grasses suffers. NFF confusion, Lack of adequate preparation and readiness led to Nigeria defeat.

  • BIG BOSS 7 years ago

    I think Keshi is too proud to bring in skillful players ……………Keshi has nothing to offer the super Eagle lets be frank we won the Nation’s cup by chance/luck not like we really played one impressive game.This is not a beef talk but we really should consider having a good coach Keshi cant take us anywhere

  • Juddy Chukwudi 7 years ago

    Listening its only ckeshi that I see very capable of handling those players; how? what can a manager do if a team decides to play craps? believe it or not any other manager might even be worst stay with one management and get good results