Monday, October 11, 2010
Nations Cup qualifier: Guinea shocks uninspiring Eagles ...Niger upsets Egypt
Guinea yesterday made good of her early opportunity to pip Nigeria 1-0 in the Nations Cup qualifier at the 28 September Stadium in Conakry. The Guinean team is comfortably leading the group with 6 points, having won her first match 4-1 against Ethiopia in the series. Nigeria remains with just 3 points in the second position ahead of Ethiopia who also recorded a 1-0 victory over Madagascar.
Ethiopia now shares the same points with Nigeria.
The Eagles are billed to take on Ethiopia in Abuja in their next game in March next year, while Guinea will travel to Madagascar.
The loss capped a week of drama for the Nigerians who were banned earlier in the week by FIFA on issues pertaining to government’s interference in the affairs of the Nigerian Football Association (NFA).
After a long and eventful week for Nigerian football, the away match to Guinea finally arrived and the Eagles were able to get on with the AFCON qualifiers.
The match seemed impossible a few days ago when FIFA suspended the Nigeria because of government’s interference in football affairs, but the ban was provisionally lifted on Thursday and CAF agreed that the qualifier should go ahead undisturbed. Nigeria came into the match off the back of a win against Madagascar, while Guinea got the better of Ethiopia in the previous match, so both had wins under their belts from the first round of fixtures.
Story By GBOLAHAN DADA