SPORT Congo top­ple Ea­gles in friendly

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DR Congo yesterday de­feated unim­pres­sive Su­per Ea­gles 2-0 in a friendly match played in Vise, Bel­gium to hand coach Sun­day Oliseh his first loss in charge of the Su­per Ea­gles af­ter three matches.

Crys­tal Palace winger Yan­nick Bo­lasie lo­cated Dieumerci Mbokani, who turned sharply to fire past goal­keeper Carl Ikeme for the open­ing goal as early as the sixth minute.

A ball-watch­ing Nige­ria de­fence was pun­ished for Congo to dou­ble their lead in the 30th minute, when Jor­dan Nkololo tucked the ball home af­ter a great piece of at­tack­ing play from the left wing

In the 41st minute, Ogenyi Onazi’s free kick was head­ing for the top cor­ner of the DRC goal, but goal­keeper Par­fait Madanda did well to push it away for a cor­ner kick.

Nige­ria chased the game from the open­ing goal, but they did not cre­ate any clear-cut chance at goal and Congo were also res­o­lute in their de­fend­ing.

There were no goals in the sec­ond half as Nige­ria failed to re­ally trou­ble the Con­golese de­fence.

The Leop­ards even had an ef­fort by the tricky Bo­lasie chalked off for off­side in the 63rd minute.

They looked the more likely to score again and Oliseh was forced to make a de­fen­sive change in the 65th minute, when he brought in de­fen­sive midfielder Obiora Nwankwo for the in­ef­fec­tive Wat­ford striker Odion Ighalo.

The in­tro­duc­tion of Em­manuel Emenike and Moses Si­mon may have brought some ur­gency to the Ea­gles at­tack, but that was about it as they could only force a big save from the Congo goal­keeper in the dy­ing mo­ments of the en­counter.

Three-time African cham­pi­ons Nige­ria will now shift their fo­cus to an even tougher prepo­si­tion when they take on the In­domitable Lions of Cameroon on Sun­day in Brus­sels.

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