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CHAN: Nigeria secures poor draw against Rwanda

*Libya leads group with three points

By Olayinka Elebute

Nigeria’s overrated Super Eagles Team B playingin the ongoing CHAN championship in Morocco could only force a less fancied Amavubi of Rwanda to a 0-0 draw. The match played on Monday in the opening 2018 African Nations Championship match for both teams saw the Nigerians hitting the woodworks three times.

The Group C result in the cold and windy northern Moroccan city of Tangiers left the sides two points behind Libya, who outplayed Equatorial Guinea 3-0 in the first half of a double-header.

This is the third time Nigeria are trying to win the two-yearly championship for home-based footballers with their best showing so far being third place in South Africa four years ago.

Sunday Faleye, 39-year-old Rabiu Ali and Stephen Eze were unable to register their names on the scoreboard by the woodwork during a match which the Nigerians dominated possession from start to finish.

Rwanda were content to defend and will look forward to meeting Equatorial Guinea next, knowing a win would put them in contention for a top-two finish and a quarter-final place.

Libyan Saleh Taher Saeid punished slack defending to score twice within 17 minutes of the kick-off and set up a convincing victory over debutants Equatorial Guinea.

Zakaria Alharash tapped-in three minutes from time completed a routine victory with all the goals created by Mohamed Aleyet.

On Tuesday, Group D kicks off in coastal city Agadir with Angola playing Burkina Faso followed by Cameroon against Congo Brazzaville. This will be the lst group to taste action in the championship. Two other groups had played before the Nigerian group C.

The 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), is also known as the Total African Nations Championship is the 5th edition of the African Nations Championship, a biennial football tournament organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). It exclusively features only players from the respective national championships.

It would be recalled that in February 2016, Kenya was announced as the host nation but in September 2017, CAF decided to change the host nation due to a lack of progress with preparations. Morocco was announced as the host nation in October 2017.

Unlike the African Cup of Nations, the competing national teams must be composed of players playing in their domestic league.

DR Congo are the defending champions but failed to qualify for the first time ever after losing to Congo on away goals rule.

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