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Makiadi: Midfield general

Makiadi: Midfield general

It was a pretty humdrum affair in Port Elizabeth, as Niger and DR Congo played out a goalless draw in this 2013 AFCON Group B encounter.

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Niger started off on a positive note, with Modibo Sidibe breaking free of the DR Congo defence to have arguably the best chance of the match.

The number seven did well to curve his shot around Robert Kidiaba, but his shot cannoned back off the upright.

Both sides matched up evenly for the majority of the match, and cancelled each other out at the end of the day, as Niger held on to earn their first ever point in the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Nigeriens started off the better team and applied the early pressure on their opposition. Their hard work nearly paid off when Sidibe won back possession to spring clear of the defence, but was unable to convert the opportunity.

The DRC's best opportunity came in the 13th minute, when Kabangu found Mbokani free in the box.

The indomitable number nine did exceptionally well to control the ball on his chest and head, but Kassaly Daouda was equal to the shot and pushed it wide for a corner.

There were glimpses at goal for both sides in the rest of the match, but it was a familiar old story as both sides failed to find the right touch in the final third.

Niger had a golden opportunity to score in added time, but Talatou's shot from distant wasn't good enough to beat Kidiaba, who stepped up to the plate to make a double save to keep the Nigeriens from winning the match.

Posted: 24/01/13 19:14

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