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Nigeria Fails to Qualify for 2015 AFCON After 2-2 Home Draw with South Africa

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PIC. 27. AFCON QUALIFIER BETWEEN NIGERIA AND SOUTH AFRICA IN UYO

The Super Eagles on Wednesday drew 2-2 with South Africa, and consequently failed to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and defend the title they won in 2013.

In their Final Qualifying Group A match played at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium in Uyo, the Eagles struggled to get a point from the match they needed to win.

The draw meant Nigeria will not be in Equatorial Guinea next January, and failed to beat the Bafana Bafana side which had topped the group and were only playing for pride.

The Super Eagles also finished outside of their group’s top two automatic qualification spots with eight points, after group rivals Congo won 1-0 in Sudan.

They finished third, but their total also put them out of the running for the ticket available to the best third-placed team.

Before the game, Nigeria and Congo were tied at seven points but the Super Eagles needed an outright win over already-qualified South Africa irrespective of the outcome of today’s match.

Nigeria went into the game with their fate in their own hands to get a win and claim second spot in the table to play in the finals alongside group winners Bafana Bafana.

But the Super Eagles blew their chance to prevent a troubled campaign from turning disastrous, even though they fought back from two goals down to finish with a draw.

The writing was on the wall for Stephen Keshi’s side, which has been plagued by both on- and off-the-pitch problems.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

5 Comments

  1. Halia

    November 20, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Ouch ! :0( maybe the junior team and ladies team can give some pointers! #majordowngrade

  2. The K

    November 20, 2014 at 8:40 am

    So sad that the Nigerian team did not make it after so many past glories to their credit/name.

  3. Ellak

    November 20, 2014 at 10:00 am

    its a blessings in disguise esp now that a country with the EBV also Qualified. its better safe than sorry. I mean SA has never defeated NIG before in the history of football, why now. just saying tho

  4. ola

    November 20, 2014 at 11:03 am

    With the Ebola epidemic it’s better not to qualify really

  5. nene

    November 20, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I think the boys knew what they were doing by not qualifying.

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