Eagles beat Sparrow Hawks 2-0, out of Cameroon 2020

Scorer of a brace for the CHAN Eagles, Sikiru Alimi (left) against the Togolese defenders during the second leg of the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) played at the Agege Stadium, Lagos State, yesterday. CHAN Eagles won 2-0, but failed to qualify for CHAN holding in Cameroon PHOTO: FEMI-ADEBESIN KUTI

Despite their 2-0 defeat of the Sparrow Hawks of Togo, yesterday, at the Agege Stadium, Lagos State, the home-based Super Eagles, capped their woeful campaign with failure to qualify for the 2020 African Nations Championship (CHAN) slated for Cameroon.

Even with their second leg victory, the Super Eagles Team B were incapable of turning the table against the Togolese, thereby ending their journey with an excruciating 3-4 aggregate.

This is the first time since 2014 that Nigeria will not be taking part in the competition. It is also the third time in the competition’s history that the Eagles will not be part of the competition, which was created for Africa-based players.

A brace by Lobi Stars of Makurdi’s striker, Sikiru Alimi in each half of the match (ninth and 62nd minutes) did little to repair the damage inflicted by their Togolese counterparts’ 4-1 defeat, in the first leg of the qualifier, in Lome.

After Alimi’s 19th minute goal, he again went close to scoring his second goal to double the lead, but the Togolese goalkeeper, Abdoul-Moubarak Aigba was equal to the task.

The Nigerian danger man, who was a torn in the flesh of the Togolese defenders had another goal attempt, which was again contained by the Hawks’ goalkeeper.

A free-kick attempt in the 39th minute by Ndifreke Effiong, outside the 18th yard box was wasted by the Eagles, while a header by Mohammed Sunusi via a throw-in by Daniel James, in the 45th minute was also wasted before the end of the first half.

However, in the 62nd Alimi struck again for the Eagles, but the tally was not enough to see the country through.

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