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CHAN Eagles hits quarter finals

*Libya, Zambia and Namibia too

CHAN Super Eagles came from a goal down to defeat Equatorial Guinea 3-1 in the last group match at Tangier stadium in the ongoing championship holding in Morocco.

Olaoluwa AroGoals from the striker Anthony Okpotu, a stunner and screamer well taken from Dayo Ojo and a controversial penalty scored by ageless Rabiu Alli spurred the home Eagles to the top of the table with seven points.

Group C results
Equatorial Guinea 1-3 Nigeria
Rwanda 0-1 Libya.

Group C table:
1. Nigeria – 7pts
2. Libya – 6pts
3. Rwanda – 4pts
4. E. Guinea – 0.

Libya scored an injury-time winner against Rwanda to take them through to the quarter-finals of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) as runners-up in Group C.

Substitute Elmutasem Abushnaf scored the crucial goal after Libya dominated but looked like missing out on the win they needed to advance after squandering chances and hitting the post.

Libya, the 2014 champions of the tournament for locally based players only, began their match knowing they had to win to make it through to the quarter-finals, while Rwanda knew a draw would suffice for them.

After a poor first-half it was Rwanda who had more of the possession, but Libya who created more chances but neither side managed a shot on goal in the first-half.

Libya continued to pile on the pressure after the break and created several good chances to score with Abdulrahman Khalifta managing to fire over the bar from six yards out and then Ahmed Eltrbi bundling the ball onto the post in the 85th minute.

The winner eventually came in injury time when a neat back-heel from Saleh Tader, who scored two goals in the win over Equatorial Guinea, found Bader Ahmed and his deflected cross was put into the net by Abushnaf to the delight of his team-mates and many inside the Grande Stade de Tanger.

Group B pairing: Final group games in Group B of the ongoing Championship of African Nations (CHAN) ended. Zambia drew one – all with Namibia in a game that was to determine who topped the group.

The two teams that had already qualified – but Zambia topped thanks to superior goal difference. The Zambians scored six goals in the three games as against Namibia’s three – a goal per match.

Namibia took the lead through Absalom Iimbondi on 13 minutes but Zambia secured an equalizer with a Lazarous Kambole strike on the 24th minute mark. In the other group fixture, Uganda and Ivory Coast played out a goalless game and will both be headed home.

Highlights of the Nigerian match is here:

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