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Connectnigeria_Ikechukwu-Uche It is barely less than 48 hours to one of the decisive clashes between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Republic of Congo national team. A must-win match for both sides, it might be crucial in determining the country that will represent the group in yet to be decided Venue for the African cup of nations, after Morroco’s withdrawal. Many things can be said to have gone wrong during this qualifying series, from the uncertainty of the federation during series of elections to the sacking and reinstating of the present head coach of the Eagles, but one that brings hope and freshness to the Super Eagles side is the return of Ikechukwu Uche. The striker who has before now been snubbed for one and half years. Uche will be brimming in full confidence knowing that he is backed by Nigerians to perform. No doubt, Pointe Noire, Venue of the match is expected to be very hostile for the travelling Nigerian fans and the Super Eagles, but Nigeria can be inspired through the free scoring boots of the Villareal of Spain striker who averaged a goal in two games this season. Uche made his debut for Nigeria in 2007. He was part of the squad that competed in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana, helping the Super Eagles to the quarterfinals. Uche was among the 23-man squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations where Nigeria ended victors, but he has seen his international career dim after successive snubs by head coach Steven Keshi. Given the sparkling form shown by Osaze Odenwengie at the last World Cup after similar treatment by the head coach, Nigeria will need Ike Uche to be up to his sparkling best to conquer the Congolese side.

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This article was first published on 14th November 2014


Martins Okafor is a Sports Writer for Connect Nigeria. He has been a sport buff for years, following stories and development in leagues and international competitions. His interest led him to writing stories – reporting on sporting events. He has superior interest in soccer, but knows much about other sports. He plans to have a blog and to advance in sport journalism. You can email him at: obimartins85 [at]

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