Nations Cup Qualifier: Yobo, Nsofor Save Eagles In Madagascar

Samson Siasia

Former Super Eagles' Coach Samson Siasia

Samson Siasia

Nigerians were relieved as the Super Eagles grabbed a vital win in Madagascar this afternoon in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier played in Antananarivo.


Second half goals from Joseph Yobo and Victor Obinna Nsofor gave the Eagles a 2-0 away in Madagascar today to keep alive the hope of African Nations Cup qualification.


Reuters reports that Nigeria kept pace with Group B leaders, Guinea, who they will host in the final qualifying match next month. The two sides have 10 points but Guinea will be playing Ethiopia later today.


Captain Yobo scored from a John Obi Mikel corner in the 68th minute and Obinna hit home a long-range shot for a second eight minutes later in a result that will have provided much relief for the beleaguered Nigerians.


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Nigeria coach Samson Siaisa, who earlier this week criticised his top players for a casual attitude towards national team duty, dropped long-standing first-choice goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama, who had led a team sit-in over dissatisfaction with travel arrangements.


Coach Siasia told Nigerians on his facebook page after the match that “we still have a long way to go, but thank you all for the support. We play to win.and we pray to win.”


The Super Eagles now travel from Madagascar to Bangladesh where they will play Argentina in an international friendly rematch on Tuesday.


The Eagles had on 1 June beat the Argies 4-1 at the Abuja National Stadium.

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