Nigeria misses out on 2012 Cup of Nations

AP, Saturday 8 Oct 2011

Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations after a 2-2 draw at home with Guinea on Saturday, with the visitors going through to the continental showpiece instead as Group B winner

Nigeria coach Samson Siasia

Guinea led at the National Stadium in Abuja through Ismael Bangoura’s goal, meaning the Super Eagles needed to score three to ovartake the Guineans at the top of the group on goal difference and earn an automatic place in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea next year.

Victor Obinna and Ikechukwu Uche hit back to put Nigeria ahead but Ibrahima Diallo’s late equalizer confirmed Guinea’s place.

Nigeria cannot qualify as one of the two best second-placed teams as Sudan and Libya already have better records.

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