The African Nations Championships, CHAN, is now at a crucial stage as the boys have literally been separated from the men.
The home-based Super Eagles team will Sunday evening take on Angola in a winner takes all quarter-final clash at the Stade Ibn Batouta, Tangier, Morocco.
After a shaky start against Rwanda, the Super Eagles have gone on to win games against Libya and Equatorial Guinea.
Coach Salisu Yusuf team will hope they can continue their winning streak against Angola as they have their eyes on one the semi-final slots.
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The two teams have taken their national anthems, Nigeria and then Angola so we are set for the kick off for the third quarter-final match of CHAN 2018
Angola 0-0 Nigeria | Missed chances as Angolans grow in stature
The Super Eagles should have scored within seconds of the start of the game as Tony Okpotu was released but he did not sort out his feet and mind on time. It was all Nigeria in the first minutes as the Angolans struggled to put passes together in very blustery conditions in Tangier. Orji twisted his right ankle after an awkward fall and had to be taken off, replaced by Danladi Timothy, who had started the match without Ifeanyi Ifeanyi and Daniel James.
Angola gradually grew into the match and Ikechukwu Ezenwa pulled off a good save from Mano. On 34 minutes, Ezenwa again stood tall on 35 minutes as he thwarted Mano with a double save. Okpotu again had a chance to end the half as a scorer but his goal-bound jab was headed clear for a corner kick. The Eagles had the better chances but Angola have proved dangerous down the flanks.
Second half underway as the Super Eagles take a pass from the center circle
An appreciable number of crowd in for the Nigeria, Angola game
A Nigerian player Brendah Ogbuh is on the turf after taking a hard kick into his face.. medics attending to him
Ogbuh is being stretched out for more attention
Play resumes as Nigeria take a long shot
CHANCE!! Okpotu tries a shot but it goes a little off the target
CLOSE!!! Angola almost broke the deadlock
Not sure Ogbuh will be able to continue the game as he is stretched out again.. Nigeria preparing to make a substitution.
GOAL!!!! Angola takes the lead……
Va in the 55th minute has given Angola the lead
Nigeria has only qualified for the semi-final just once in the history of the CHAN tournament
Substitutions: Okechukwu Gabriel in for Sunday Faleye
Austine Oladapo now in for Ogbuh
Angola pressing to get the second goal
SUBSTITUTION | Angola: Paty comes in for Job
Angola’s Augusto To gets a Yellow Card
Atuloma with a shot but goes over the bar
Another poor play by Okpotu as he balloons the ball over the goal post
Nigeria and Angola have equal possession at the moment
Big miss for Angola
Rabiu Ali wins a free kick for Nigeria
Nigeria piling the pressure on Angola but no goal to show for their effort yet
Chance .. Dayo Ojo with a glancing header stopped by the Angola keeper
Jose Almeida comes in n for Manguxi
Counterattack run by Angola but Ezenwa pushes the ball away for a corner kick
BIG MISS!!! Gabriel Okechukwu misses a glorious chance to get the equaliser for Nigeria
Angola inching closer to the semi final… Nigeria heading back home?
Coach Salisu Yusuf up on his feet as he urges his players to get the all needed equaliser
Angola Sub: Celson comes in for Herenilson
Three minutes added time .. Can the super eagles get in back
YES!!! They get it… Okpotu goal!!!
Full Time… We go in for Extra time now
This is the first game going into extra time at the CHAN 2018 tournament
First Half Extra Time is underway
Rabiu Ali tries a long-range shot but it is off target
Angola with a free kick but Patti fires it over the bar
Nigeria’s Oladapo down on the turf, he is feared to have suffered a cramp
He is back to continue the game
Nigeria win a throw-in near the Angola box
First Period of Extra time is over and it is still even … Angola 1-1 Nigeria
The second period started with Nigeria taking the pass
Goal.. Gabriel Okechukwu gives Nigeria the lead
Nigeria and Angola have all made three changes
The Super Eagles are dictating the pace at the moment and almost with the third goal
Free kick to Nigeria with three minutes to go
This is the second time in this tournament that Super Eagles will be coming from behind to take the lead
Okpotu… with a chance to seal the game but misses again
One minute of added time
FULL TIME: Angola 1-2 Nigeria
Jubilation for Nigeria as they edged closer to the elusive CHAN trophy
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