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CHAN 2014: Eagles advance to quarter-finals , beat South Africa

Ejide Uzoenyi, today's man of the match

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The Nigerian Home-Based Eagles have qualified for the quarter-finals of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) 2014 after defeating the host team, South African Bafana-Bafana , by 3 goals to 1.

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Nigerian Ejike Uzoenyi opened the scoring chart through a shot at the 21st minute of the first half to give the Eagles the lead.

Both teams tried to score to no avail until the 31st minute of the first half when the Eagles’ Ifeanyin Ede converted a penalty kick to increase the score line to 2-0 in favour of Eagles.

The efforts by the two teams to score failed till the 63rd minute when Ejike Uzoenyi scored another goal to make it 3-0 in favour of Nigeria.

Two rough tackles at the 73rd and 76th minutes earned and Nigerian Solomon Kwambe and South African Vuyo Mere red cards making the two teams to play ten against ten till the end of the match.

The South Africans reduced the tally at the 80th minute through a penalty taken by Melvin Parker after dangerous man Mashengo was brought down in the penalty area.

Chigozie Agbim made saves that could cancel some of the mistakes he made in the previous matches.

With Mali’s 2-1 victory over Mozambique in the other match of the group, Mali finished first followed by Nigeria, while South Africa and Mozambique are out of the tournament.

As the second team in group A, the Super Eagles will clash with the top team of group B for the quarter-final on the 25th of this month.

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