Nigeria’s hope of playing in the next year’s African Cup of Nations was dashed as the Super Eagles were forced to a 2-2 draw by Guinea’s Syli Nationale at the National Stadium, Abuja. The Eagles’ strikers put up a below average performance all through the first half as most of the begging chances to score were thrown away.
The second half resumed with the Guineans who had been defensive coming out to test the Nigerian defence. Their efforts paid off in the 53rd minute when Ismail Bangoura capitalised on a defensive error to slot home Guinea’s first goal. The game however changed with the introduction of Ike Uche and Ahmed Musa. Obina Nsofor scored for Nigeria eleven minutes later while Ikechukwu Uche blated home a shot in the 76th minute to raise the hope of Nigerians.
Guinea’s Traore Ibrahim however scored the Guineans’ second goal in the final minute of the game to seal their qualification.
Nigeria will be marking its fourth absence from the African Nations Cup. Nigeria failed to qualify in 1986 while her absence at the 1996 and 1998 editions was due to a sanction on the country during the days of General Sani Abacha.