Sports Match Preview: Nigeria vs Congo

PIC 18 NIGERIA VS RWANDA - Copy.jpg Nigeria's quest to qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations commences today against Congo.

The Super Eagles would want to emerge as one of the two teams from the group to gain a spot in Morocco next year,but they will first of all have to scale the Congolese hurdle.

Being African champions alone,entails that there is no plausible explanation why Nigeria shouldn't qualify and defend their title.

Not like it is not possible for a champion to fail in a qualification bid for the next competition,it doesn't bode of the team because the first effort will look like a fluke.

With all the crises that have bedeviled Nigerian football,ranging from the leadership tussle at the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) to the uncertainty whether Stephen Keshi remains the coach of the team,the Super Eagles had enough recipe to even fail.

Keshi had to be drafted in just about two weeks to the game against Congo,after the Sports minister,Tammy Danagogo pleaded with him to see out these matches with the assurance that his contract will be renewed.

Nigeria will first play against Congo and then travel Cape Town to play South Africa.

South Africa are now the early pacesetters of the group,having secured a 3-0 away victory in Omdurman against Sudan.

So the Super Eagles will now be under pressure to make home advantage count,when they take to the pitch against the Congolese.

Players to watch:

*John Obi Mikel (Nigeria)

Time for the match :

* 5pm (Nigerian time)


* UJ Esuene Stadium (Calabar)

Head to Head clash, 7:
Nigeria: 3 Wins
Congo: 2 Wins
Two draws
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