Congo Brazzaville produced a shock victory in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign, beating Nigeria 3-2 in their Group A match in Calabar, Nigeria.
It is the first time Nigeria have lost a competitive home game in 33 years.
A brace from dangerman, Bifouma Thievy and the other from Prince Oniangue powered the Diables Rouges to victory whilst Efe Ambrose and substitute Gbolahan Salami scored for the Super Eagles.
The Congolese led 2-1 at half time after coming from behind to cancel Ambrose’s opener on 13 minutes. Oniangue leveled three minutes later before Thievy finished off a one-two with Dore Ferebory and put the visitors in the lead on 40 minutes.
There was more misery for the Nigerians early in the second half when Thievy, who was a constant threat for the hosts backline was felled by Ogenyi Onazi in the vital area for a penalty. Thievy elected himself for the spot kick which he fired past Nigeria goalie Austin Ejide for his side’s third goal on 55 minutes.
With defeat staring at them, Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi, brought on the striking duo of Emmanuel Emenike and Nosa Igiebor as he varied his tactics. The changes almost paid off on 82 minutes when Emenike back-heeled nicely to Igiebor, only for the Israeli-based forward to fire wide from close range.
A minute from time, Gbolahan pulled one back for the Super Eagles but it was little enough to change their fortunes. The Nigerians next travel to Cape Town to face South Africa on Wednesday, 10 September 2014. South Africa thumped Niger 3-0 in the other Group A match yesterday in Omdurman. Elsewhere in Ndola, Zambia were held to a barren draw by Mozambique in a Group F clash whilst Cape Verde silenced Niger 3-1 at their backyard in Niamey in the same group.
Here Are Other Results
05-09 Sudan 0-3 South Africa
(1700 GMT) 06-09 Nigeria 2-3 Congo
(1600 GMT) Group B
06-09 Ethiopia 1-2 Algeria (1300 GMT)
06-09 Mali – Malawi (1900 GMT)
06-09 Gabon 1-0 Angola (1600 GMT)
06-09 Burkina Faso 2-0 Lesotho (1600 GMT)
06-09 RD Congo 0-2 Cameroon (1300 GMT)
06-09 Côte d’Ivoire 2-1 Sierra Leone (1700 GMT)
05-09 Guinea 2-1 Togo (2000 GMT) in Casablanca
06-09 Ghana 1-1 Uganda (1600 GMT)
06-09 Zambia 0-0 Mozambique (1300 GMT)
06-09 Niger 1-3 Cap Verde (1630 GMT)
05-09 Senegal 2-0 Egypt (2000 GMT