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Special treatment for injured Eagles duo

17 November 2014, 10:18Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Super Eagles pair of Hope Akpan and Azubuike Egwuekwe have been subjected to special treatment after sustaining various degrees of injury in a 2-0 victory over Congo Brazzaville in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday.

Reading FC of England’s Akpan, a native of Akwa Ibom, twisted his left arm while Egwuekwe had a cut just above the left eye.

As the team was landing in Uyo, Akpan was conveyed in a special ambulance to the Government House clinic for another x-ray, while the team doctor, Ibrahim Gyaran, was told by the Nigeria Football Federation to ensure Egwuekwe got all necessary treatment to be fit for Wednesday’s decider.

Goals by Ikechukwu Uche (from the penalty spot) and Aaron Samuel (a sweetly curled finish) sent the Eagles to second position in Group A with an automatic qualification ticket earned once they achieve a win over South Africa in Uyo on Wednesday.

Also read: Eagles rescue AFCON hopes

Nigeria earned only one point from their first three matches of the campaign after defeat by Congo in Calabar, draw with South Africa in Cape Town and defeat by Sudan in Khartoum.

But the African champions got six points from their last two games, with a 3-2 victory over Sudan in Abuja, and a 2-0 win over Congo in Point Noire.

According to report, Nigeria’s 100 –man contingent was shabbily treated throughout their stay in Pointe Noire by the Congolese hosts.

This year’s arrangement is a reversal of what happened in the last quarter of 1992, when in their qualification campaign for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, the Super Eagles battered the Bafana Bafana in Nigeria before traveling to Pointe Noire to defeat the Red Devils.

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