Okpotu opens goal account as Nigeria see off Equatorial Guinea


Okpotu Anthony of Nigeria celebrates goal with Salisu Yusuf, coach of Nigeria during 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match between Ghana and Nigeria at Cape Coast Sports Stadium in Cape Coast, Ghana on 18 September 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Nigeria sealed qualification to the quarter-finals of the ongoing African Nations championship in Morocco thanks to a come-from-behind 3-1 victory over Equatorial Guinea in their last group game of Group C.

Anthony Okpotu’s header in the second half drew Nigeria level after they trailed to a headed goal scored by Salvador Eyama before the break. Dayo Ojo’s rocket from 25-yards gave the Super Eagles the lead before Rabiu Ali converted from the spot to make it 3-1 on 83minutes to seal the victory.

Three points at the expense of Equatorial Guinea who had nothing to play for but pride was enough to see Nigeria top group C with seven points. Equatorial Guinea head home pointless after three group matches.

In the group’s other match, an injury time goal from Abushnaf helped Libya stun Rwanda 1-0 to progress to the quarter-finals as group runners up.

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