Angola held by gritty Nigeria in Cup warm-up

AFP, Wednesday 11 Jan 2012

Angola were held to a 0-0 draw against a second-string Nigeria side in a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations warm-up here on Wednesday


"The Nigeria team were stronger than we thought but I'm happy that we came away with a draw. They were very determined. It's still a shock that they did not qualify for the Nations Cup," said Angola coach Lito Vidigal.

Angola paraded top stars like Manucho and Flavio Amado and attacked from the blast of the first whistle, before the Nigeria team made up of players from the country's local league took control.

Enugu Rangers lively forward Ejike Uzoenyi shone on the left flank as Nigeria threw away the several chances they created.

Ossai Uche missed a clear chance after just 12 minutes, while Sunday Mba fluffed another opening in the 34th minute, before Obinna Nwachukwu blasted off target three minutes to the interval

In the second half, Nigeria strikers Uche Kalu and Barnabas Imenger missed more chances late on.

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