Super Eagles fail to fly


Nigeria’s football national team, the Super Eagles have failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time since 1986 when Egypt hosted the competition.

The Eagles failed to beat a better, more commanding and frustrating Guinea side in Abuja on Saturday at the national Stadium in Abuja.

However, the Eagles had the game under control in the first quarter but squandered a lot of chanced early in the game.

Emmanuel Emenike, OSaze ODemwingie and Taye Taiwo all failed to convert chances in the first half but the Guineans had gained their confidence midway into the game and had started caressing the ball with finesse.

In the second half, Ismael Bangoura put Syli Stars ahead, ten minutes after the restart but Obinna Nsofor drew level for Nigeria.

Ike Uche came on as a sub gave Nigerians hope when he put the Eagles ahead but with seconds left to play, Ibrahim Diallo put the final nail in the coffin of the Super Eagles to ensure his country top the group and Nigeria out of the Africa Cup of Nations next year.

Almost all through the second half, Guinea adopted frustrating time wasting tactics that led the referees to give six minutes of added time after the ninety.

The last time Nigeria failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations was twenty six years ago in 1985 when the country failed to go past Zambia, drawing 0-0 in Lagos and losing the return leg 1-0 to miss out on the 1986 edition in Egypt.
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