Nigeria edges out Rwanda to advance to final African Cup qualifiers
June 19, 2012
Nigeria's football team, the Super Eagles, defeated Rwanda 2-0 over the weekend in the African Cup Qualifiers. The Associated Press reports this win will propel the team to the final qualifying round, and while the team is celebrating, they are also gearing up for the next round of games. Coach Stephen Keshi told Ahram Online that his team would begin working on their weaknesses and preparing for the next match.
"I am happy," Nigeria Football Federation president Aminu Maigari told the AP. "This is the first time we have scored two goals in a competitive match this year. We did it in style."
The Nigerian Tribune reports midfielder Gabriel Reuben was voted Man-of-the-Match, and Keshi indicated he was proud of Reuben's growth as a player in recent weeks.
For the final round of qualifying matches, 30 teams will compete for 15 places in the 2013 African Cup of Nations. Cameroon, Uganda, Sierra Leone and Central African Republic will also advance to the next round, while Egypt, Guinea-Bisseu, Republic of Congo and Sao Tome e Principe have been edged out of the competition, the AP reports.