Drew 2-2 with South Africa in Uyo…Congo defeats Sudan in Khartoum
African champions, Nigeria will not defend its title at next-year’s tournament in Equatorial Guinea after playing a disappointing 2-2 draw with South Africa in Wednesday’s African Nations Cup qualifier in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.
South Africa got its two goals through Tokelo Rantie, while Sone Aluko who plies his trade with Hull City in the English Premiership League, salvaged some pride for Nigeria by scoring two goals for the Eagles, the last coming in the 93rd minute.
With this result, Nigeria will not be in the East African country for the continent’s premier soccer tournament next January.
Nigeria finished third in group A with eight points, two behind second placed Congo who defeated Sudan 1-0 in Khartoum.
South Africa has already qualified for the tournament before Wednesday’s show down in Uyo.
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