Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Nigeria suffer Nations Cup shock, draw for Ghana

07 September 2014, 08:53

Johannesburg - Holders Nigeria were handed a shock defeat at the start of the group phase of African Nations Cup qualifying on Saturday while Ghana also still seemed to be nursing a World Cup hangover.

Fellow 2014 World Cup combatants Algeria, Cameroon and Ivory Coast were in a happier mood after opening the campaign for a place at the Nations Cup finals in Morocco in January with victories.

There were also home wins for Burkina Faso, Gabon and Tunisia and an away triumph for the tiny Cape Verde Islands.

Zambia, winners in 2012, were held to a goalless draw at home by Mozambique.

Also Read: Ebola-hit Sierra Leone face uphill struggle in qualification bid

Congo became the first country in 33 years to win a competitive match in Nigeria as they beat the Nations Cup champions 3-2 in Calabar with two goals from French-born striker Thievy Bifouma.

Nigeria were last beaten in a competitive home game when they lost 2-0 to Algeria in a World Cup qualifier in Lagos in 1981.

With a possible ban from world soccer's ruling body FIFA hanging over them for government interference in football federation matters, they were caught out in their opening Group A game on Saturday.

Efe Ambrose headed the hosts in front after 13 minutes but Congo captain Prince Oniangue equalised three minutes later.

Bifouma, who had a brief spell on loan at English Premier League West Bromwich Albion last season, put Congo 2-1 ahead in the 40th minute before he converted a penalty in the 54th.

Congo had been eliminated in the early knockout rounds but were given a reprieve when opponents Rwanda were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player.

Ghana needed a penalty and a post to avoid defeat at home to Uganda in Kumasi, drawing 1-1 in Group E.

Fresh start

The Black Stars were looking for a fresh start following their World Cup woes which included a strike by the players over money and the sending home of Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari for indiscipline.

Ghana had to come from behind after a long-range effort on the turn from Tony Mawejje gave Uganda a surprise lead on the stroke of halftime.

The hosts were awarded a penalty when Denis Iguma fouled Abdul Majeed Waris in the 50th minute and Dede Ayew converted the spot kick.

Ghana were then grateful to see Luwagga Kizito's angled effort come back off the upright in the second half.

Cameroon put a desperate World Cup behind them as debutant Clinton Njie and striker Vincent Aboubakar scored in a 2-0 victory in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Stephane Mbia produced a captain's performance at left back having taken the armband from Samuel Eto'o who announced his international retirement last month.

Also Read: Vilakazi goals help South Africa crush Sudan

Ivory Coast began a new era without Didier Drogba, who has also quit the international stage, by defeating Sierra Leone 2-1 in the other Group D game.

Gervinho scored the winner as the Ivorians came from behind to beat their west African rivals.

Sierra Leone were severely affected by the Ebola virus outbreak in the leadup to the game, with support staff prohibited from travelling to Abidjan by Ivorian health authorities.

In Group B, Algeria won 2-1 at Ethiopia while heavy rain meant the match between Mali and Malawi was called off.

Yacine Chikaoui scored a late penalty to give Tunisia a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Botswana while Samson Mbingui netted with a scorching shot as Gabon beat Angola 1-0.

Burkina Faso, runners-up at the last finals, overcame Lesotho 2-0 with goals from Jonathan Pitroipa and Alain Traore while Cape Verde scored three times in the first 24 minutes to win 3-1 in Niger.

- Reuters

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...