Saturday, November 15, 2014 5:37 pm
Two goals scored by Ikechukwu Uche and a Super Eagle debutant, Olanare gave Nigeria’s Super Eagles the victory they needed over Congo Democratic Republic to put their campaign for qualification for AFCON 2015 next January in Equatorial Guinea.
Uche scored via a penalty on 59th minute. Aaron Moses Olanare, who plays in the Chinese Super League for Guangzhou, added the second in injury time, a rather prolonged 10 minutes in Pointe Noire.
Nigeria now have to beat South Africa in Uyo on Wednesday to ensure automatic qualification regardless of Congo’s result in Sudan.
Villarreal striker Uche celebrated his long-awaited return to the Super Eagles in style when in the 59th minute he tucked away a penalty after Congo goalkeeper Massa fouled goal-bound Emmanuel Emenike.
Congo failed to draw level in the 65th minute, when Vincent Enyeama saved a penalty taken by Thievy Bifouma after Godfrey Oboabona handled a goal-bound shot inside his box.
Substitute Samuel then made the game safe for Nigeria a minute from full time when he struck from inside the box.