Nige­ria hold Burk­ina Faso, qual­ify for 2016 CHAN

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Orkula Shaagee @shagcy

The Home-based Su­per Ea­gles yes­ter­day qual­i­fied for their sec­ond CHAN af­ter hold­ing hosts Burk­ina Faso to a 0-0 draw to book the pas­sage on 0-0 ag­gre­gate, hav­ing won the first leg 2-0 in Port Har­court a week ago.

Hosts Burk­ina Faso dom­i­nated the re­turn leg game, but just could not trans­late this dom­i­nance into goals as the Ea­gles strug­gled to find their bear­ing and did not cre­ate chances. And so the boast of Burk­ina Faso coach Idrissa Traore that his team will can­cel out Nige­ria’s two goals within 30 min­utes of the sec­ond leg was there­fore just what it was - a boast.

The Ea­gles start­ing strike force led by Sun­shine Stars striker Tunde Adeniji, which also had Ezekiel Bassey and Osas Okoro, was again in­ef­fec­tive as was the case in the first leg in Nige­ria.

Gbo­la­han Salami and Chi­som Chikatara were in­tro­duced in the sec­ond half in an ef­fort to pep up the Nige­ria at­tack.

The high­light of the match was recorded in the 21st minute, when the home team Burk­ina Faso failed to go ahead from the penalty spot af­ter Austin Oboroakpo han­dled the ball in­side his own 18-yard box.

Abia War­riors de­fender Oboroakpo was booked for the hand ball.

Oboroakpo, who has been com­pared to ‘Gen­tle Gi­ant’ Uche Okechukwu, was out­stand­ing in the heart of the Ea­gles defence as he kept out every­thing Les Etalons threw at them.

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