Nigeria send Libya tumbling back to earth

CHAN Faleye’s late strike helps Nigeria edge Libya

Solitary goals brought Nigeria and Rwanda African Nations Championship victories after tight matches in Morocco on Friday, and a share of the Group C lead.

The Nigerians meet already eliminated Equatorial Guinea next Tuesday at the same time as Rwanda face Libya, shock 2014 winners of a competition restricted to home-based footballers.

A win for Libya would have been enough to secure a quarter-final spot but they struggled to create many chances as Nigeria had the better of it in Tangier.

The Eagles got the victor in the 79th minute courtesy a Sunday Faleye's goal.

Faleye nearly doubled Nigeria's lead after Ibrahim unselfishly laid a pass but for a timely intervention from a Libya's Ahmed Al Maghasi.




The score was 0-0 at half-time following a tightly contested first-half with both teams looking very organized at the back.

Later in Group C, Rwanda take on Equatorial Guinea with all four teams still in contention for a place in the quarter-finals regardless of the result.

But Shooting Stars forward, Faleye became the hero of the day when he slammed the ball past the Libyan keeper from close range off Emeka Atuloma's flick from Okoro's corner in the 79th minute.

Rwanda and Nigeria are leading the table with four points after drawing one game and winning one while Libya dropped to third position after losing to Nigeria 1-0.

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