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Nations Cup Qualifier: Angry fans stone Eagles as Nigeria crashes out

Riots policemen and related security agents had a hectic time  curtailing  the rage of angry football fans as the Super Eagles played a disappointing 2-2 draw against visiting Syli Nationals of Guinea at the National Stadium, Abuja to crash out of next year’s Africa  Nations Cup  final slated for Equitorial Guinea and Gabon.

Seething with rage after referee, Doue Normandez, blew the final whistle to end the game, the Nigerian fans vent their anger on the floppy Eagles, throwing satchets of pure water, stones and eggs at the players who were  shielded by heavily-armed policemen.

The media tribune at the National Stadium was not spared as angry fans shattered windows, while they tried to gain access to the players and officials without fruition.

The disappointed fans poured expletives on the Super Eagles players and their coaches, while others praised the Guineans on their way out of the stadium.

In the ensuing melee, the mandatory post-match conference could not hold as the place was cordoned off by fierce looking security personel.

Nigeria will not be making an appearance at the 2012 Nations’ Cup tournament, following the failure of the Super Eagles to secure the required win over the Syli National of Guinea.

The last time Nigeria was stopped from qualifying for the competition was in 1986 when the tourney was staged in Egypt. Nigeria was eliminated by Zambia.

Playing before a large crowd at the National Stadium,  Abuja, the Eagles were disappointedly held to a 2-2 draw by the Guineans who, thus, finished as the group’s leaders with 14 points, three points ahead of the Nigerian side.

The Eagles did dominate the encounter from the blast of the referee’s whistle, terrorising the Guineans defence  in their bid to get an early goal which they failed to get, due to poor marksmanship.

Obinna Nsofor and Emmanuel Emenike were all shadows of themselves in front of goal, with Osaze Odemwingie putting up his worse performance in the Nigerian colours.

What would have been Nigeria’s first goal was not approved by the Ivorien referee, Normandiez, as he ruled that the ball did not cross the line.

Disaster, however, struck in the 63rd minute when Ismael Bangura slotted home the ball off a rebound which had sent goalkeeper Dele Aiyenugba to the wrong side.

Coach Samson Siasia later introduced Ikechukwu Uche, whose introduction alongside Ahmed Musa brough life into the Eagles attack.

This paid off in the 73rd minute as Nsofor riffled home the equaliser off a pass from Uche.

Nigeria raised hope of qualification in the 84th minute when impresive Uche netted the second goal after which the Eagles began the search for the all-important third goals whcih would have seen Nigeria through.

It was, however, not to be, as a back-wreaking  added-time goal by Ibrahim Diallo dashed the hope of the Eagles making it to the African version of the European Cup.


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