The CHAN Eagles produced an emphatic second half display to beat Equatorial 3-1 in their last group game at the ongoing African Nations Championship in Morocco thereby ending the first round campaign as Group C leaders.
The Guineans stunned Nigeria just before halftime courtesy Nsi Eyama but second half goals from Anthony Okpotu, Dayo Ojo (smashing long range effort) and Rabiu Ali (penalty) overturned the deficit to take the team through to the knockout stage as Group C winners.
In the other group game, Libya struck late through substitute Elmutarem Abushnaf to beat Rwanda 1-0 meaning that they beat their opponents to the final slot in Group C.
Nigeria will now face the second-placed team from Group D in the quarter-final while Libya will play Group D winners.
Starting XI vs. Equatorial Guinea: Ikechukwu Ezenwa; Osas Okoro, Daniel James Itodo, Kalu Orji, Stephen Eze; Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Rabiu Ali 62′), Emeka Atuloma, Dayo Ojo, Emeka Ogbugh (Mohammed Nura 75′), Sunday Faleye, Anthony Okpotu (Gabriel Okechukwu 81′)
Wednesday’s Games (Group D):
Angola vs. Congo
Cameroon vs. Burkina Faso