MATCH CENTRE

SAT 06 SEPTEMBER 2014, 18:00

2
VS
3

Congo shock hosts Nigeria

by Samm Audu

Sat September 06, 20:10

African champions Nigeria lost their first game in Calabar on Saturday when they were stunned 3-2 by Congo in an AFCON 2015 qualifier.

This was the second time Congo will beat Nigeria, the first being a 2-1 win in 1970 in an AFCON 1972 qualifier.

The visiting Red Devils of Congo were the better team and deserved their win on the road as they attacked even when they were enjoying a comfortable win and were never intimidated by the star-studded Super Eagles.

Nigeria will now be under pressure going into Wednesday's match at group leaders South Africa, who won 3-0 in Sudan on Friday.

Nigeria took the lead after 13 minutes when Efe Ambrose headed home from inside the box beyond the diving goalkeeper Chansel Massa.

However, Congo drew level two minutes later when Congo forward Thievy Bifouma went past the Nigeria defence from the right flank and skipper Prince Oniangue easily slotted home from inside the box.

Bifouma turned from provider to scorer in the 40th minute, when he combined well inside the box before he picked his spot with the left foot.

Bifouma will score Congo's third goal in the 54th minute from the penalty spot after he was brought down inside the box by Ogenyi Onazi.

Emmanuel Emenike and Nosa Igiebor brought more urgency to the Eagles attack when they were introduced in the second half, but Congo were equally resolute in defence.

Substitute Gbolahan Salami then pulled a goal back a minute to full time off a goalmouth scramble to put some respectability to this scoreline for the home side.

 

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE
NIGERIA GOALS CONGO GOALS
Efe Ambrose (13') Prince Oniangue (15')
Gbolahan Salami (89') Thievy Bifouma (40')
Thievy Bifouma (54')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
2
NIGERIA STARTING LINEUP CONGO STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
13'
0
Defender
75'
0
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Midfielder
60'
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
15'
0
Midfielder
50'
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
63'
0
Forward/Striker
90 + 1'
0
Forward/Striker
74'
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
50'
0
Forward/Striker
40'
54'
0
SUBSTITUTIONS
Emmanuel Emenike
Forward/Striker
50'
0
Jusly Gitel Boukama Kaya
Midfielder
75'
0
Nosa Igiebor
Midfielder
50'
0
Ladislas Douniama
Forward/Striker
90 + 1'
0
Gbolahan Salami
Forward/Striker
74'
0
CARDS
John Obi Mikel
Midfielder
60'
0
Ahmed Musa
Forward/Striker
63'
0
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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