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CHAN 2016 Warm-up: Eagles Defeat Ivory Coast

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The home based Super Eagles on Monday evening defeated the Elephants of Ivory Coast 1-0 in their final warm-up match ahead of the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Rwanda.

A cool finish from Ifeanyi Mathew at the stroke of halftime was all Nigeria needed to defeat their West African rivals in a final pre-tournament test match at Tuks Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa.

It was a very balanced game as both sides showed class and good use of techniques and tactics, but Sunday Oliseh’s side were better in the first 45 minutes, as the game ended 1-0 in favour of Nigeria.

On the match the Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh told The PUNCH in an exclusive interview that he was satisfied with the display put up by the Eagles.

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“Yes I’m satisfied with the input and general organisation,” he said.

Nigeria had earlier been forced to a 1-1 draw by Angola last week as the team test run strategies towards a better outing at the 2016 CHAN which begins on Saturday.

Through the qualifiers to the African finals, the Eagles were also unbeaten. They defeated Burkina Faso 2-0 in Port Harcourt in the first leg before they held their West African rivals to a scoreless draw in Ouagadougou to qualify.

The Nigeria delegation is expected to arrive in Kigali on January 15 – three days to the Eagles’ first match Niger Republic billed for the Stade Régional Nyamirambo before tackling Tunisia and Guinea in Group C.

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