Ikechukwu Uche and Aaron Samuel both scored to keep Nigeria’s hopes of Africa Cup of Nations qualification alive in a morale-boosting 2-0 win over Congo on Saturday. The pair struck to ensure the Super Eagles still have a chance of reaching the finals heading into their last qualifier The game started at an electric pace with Thievy Bifouma probing and forcing Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama to make a great stop in the opening minutes.
Villarreal striker Ikechukwu Uche squeezed past the Congolese defence line and tried an audacious chip which was saved by Chancel Massa.
Both sides battled for supremacy in midfield and clearly showed that they needed the maximum points.
A perfectly executed team move was well connected by Emmanuel Emenike but the Fenerbahce man failed to beat the goalkeeper.
The remaining action in the first 45 minutes was scrappy with the two sides not showing the willingness to get the opener.
The second half was ignited with the introduction of Sone Aluko who ran rings around the hosts.
In the 58th minute, the moment for Nigeria to score arrived when Massa fouled Emenike in the 18-yard box after the impressive John Obi Mikel put him through on goal.
Returning Villarreal striker Ikechukwu Uche kept his cool to score for the African champions from the penalty spot.
The hosts were awarded a spot kick of theirs but the reliable Enyeama denied Bifouma in the 65th minute.
Mikel was busy creating the chances in midfield. He threaded an amazing pass to the pacy Ahmed Musa and the CSKA Moscow man made Massa work hard with his effort.
Eagles bombarded the Red Devils for the killer goal and deservedly got the ”insurance goal” through Aaron Samuel’s left footed finish.
The match came to a disappointing end with unhappy Congo fans having to be dispersed, and the final few minutes of the game was delayed.
However after a short break, the game was completed and Nigeria head back home with the three points.