MATCH CENTRE

TUE 26 JANUARY 2016, 16:00, RUBAVU

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Nigeria crash out of CHAN

by Samm Audu

Tue January 26, 17:59

Nigeria crashed out of this year’s CHAN in Rwanda after they lost 1-0 to Guinea in a final Group C match in Rubavu on Tuesday.

Tunisia thrashed Niger 5-0 to win Group C on five points, while Guinea, also on five points, finished a runners-up.

Nigeria were third on four points and Niger finished bottom with a point.

It was the home-based Eagles first loss under coach Sunday Oliseh and it came at a bad moment and against most expectations as Nigeria were top of the group leading up this West African derby against Guinea and needed just a point to book their place in the last-eight of a competition they finished third two years ago.

AS Horoya 19-year-old midfielder Ibrahima Sankhon scored the match winner against Nigeria on Tuesday on the stroke of half time.

Sankhon exploited poor Nigeria defending to score from inside the box.

Nigeria did not have clear sight at the Guinea goal with Osas Okoro wasting possibly the Eagles best chance of the first half when he elected to shoot from inside the box when he had several other free teammates to pass to.

Guinea bossed the possession and were the more cohesive team.

Nigeria were lucky not to concede a penalty when Jamiu Alimi handled the ball right inside the box in the 25 minute.

Nigeria goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa was only too happy to hold a weak shot by Guinea right inside the box after 33 minutes.

After the interval, Nigeria brought on tournament leading scorer Chisom Chikatara for defensive midfielder Paul Onobi as the Eagles went for broke.

Substitute Bright Onyedikachi had two headers from inside the box in the second half, but they both missed their mark.

Another substitute, Bature Yaro could also not steer his free kick from a very promising position home as the minutes ticked away for Nigeria.

In the 81st minute, goal scorer Sankhon’s stinging free kick was directed straight at goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa and eight minutes later he had another chance to double his team’s tally but his final shot rolled out of touch.

Eagles starting XI vs Guinea (4-3-2-1 formation): Ikechukwu Ezenwa – Matthew Etim, Chima Akas, Austin Obaroakpo, Jamiu Alimi – Paul Onobi (Chisom Chikatara 46), Ifeanyi Matthew – Osas Okoro, Prince Aggreh, Usman Mohammed (Bature Yaro 42) – Tunde Adeniji (Bright Onyedikachi 61)

TEAM SQUADS (To be picked from)
GUINEA NIGERIA
Goalkeeper
22
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
16
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
13
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
20
0
23
Defender
0
Defender
4
0
Defender
5
Defender
0
9
Defender
0
Defender
3
Defender
0
Defender
6
Defender
0
Defender
21
Defender
0
Defender
15
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
17
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
7
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
19
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
8
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
11
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
2
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
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