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AFCON: Nigeria fails Again - Draws with Burkina Faso 1-1
by olutee « on: January 21, 2013, 10:42:00 PM »






Ten-man Nigeria were held to a 1-1 draw as Burkina Faso scored with the last kick of their opening Group C match at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Alain Traore slid home in the 94th minute as the Super Eagles failed to stop Jonathan Pitroipa's cutback. Emmanuel Emenike had opened the scoring after 23 minutes, showing great hunger to latch onto Ideye Brown's flick.

Ikechukwu Uche should have doubled Nigeria's lead in a second half which changed when Efe Ambrose was sent off.

 Nigeria had been hoping to banish memories of their last finals on South African soil, when they exited the 2010 World Cup in ignominious style, but they were left with the same sinking feeling at the end.

Deep into the fourth minute of added time, Pitroipa wriggled free down the right-hand side of the penalty box after a bright Burkinabe break and although his pullback lacked power, defender Godfrey Oboabona let it roll under his foot, allowing Traore to pounce

 Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi:

"I am not going to let anything bring us down. I'm very proud of the boys, who did everything I wanted of them. "This game is gone and the next game against Zambia is very, very important. I'll pick up the players and motivate them."

« Last Edit: January 21, 2013, 10:45:11 PM by olutee »
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