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Niger beat home-based Eagles

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Nigeria’s chances of qualifying for the second African Nations Championships suffered a major dent when the home-based Super Eagles were beaten 2-0 by Niger Republic on Saturday.

Both goals were scored in the first half of the game in Niamey.The result means that the team, led by Daniel Amokachi, will have to score at least three times to progress.

A total of 16 teams will contest the second ever championships, double the number that took part in the inaugural event.Nigeria, led by Okey Emordi, failed to qualify.

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