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Last Updated: Monday, 2 June, 2003, 11:21 GMT 12:21 UK
Nigeria win LG Cup
By Eniwoke Ibagere
BBC Sport, Lagos

Joseph Yobo in action against Mali at the 2002 Nations Cup
Yobo captained Nigeria's side

Nigeria's Super Eagles beat Cameroon 3-0 on Sunday to win the annual LG Cup tournament.

Goals from team captain Joseph Yobo and forwards Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Garba "Yaro-Yaro" Ahmed secured the Eagles the trophy and a $50,000 prize.

Aiyegbeni was also named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

Cameroon, with Patrick Suffo and Guy Ipoua as their only overseas-based players, battled the Eagles to a standstill in the match, played in pouring rain in Lagos.

Despite losing, the Indomitable Lions still smiled away with $30,000 for finishing second.

Ghana's Black Stars, captained by veteran goalie Edward Ansah, finished third, despite refusing to play their third-place match.

This tournament is a good preparation for our forthcoming matches
Nigeria coach Christian Chukwu

They complained that the water-logged pitch was unsuitable for a game.

But the organisers awarded Ghana the third position after original winners Iran turned down the position and prize money of $20,000.

In the tournament's opening games, played at the newly opened Abuja National Stadium, the Eagles whipped Ghana 3-1, while Cameroon beat defending champions Iran 2-1.

The tournament proved a success for Eagles' coach Christian Chukwu, who used new players in the absence of Austin "Jay-Jay" Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu.

English Nationwide Third Division Macclesfield Town defender Abbey George, Christian Obodo of Italy's Perugia and goalie Greg Etafia with South Africa's Moroka Swallows won their first caps.

Cameroonian striker Patrick Suffo
Suffo was in the Cameroonian team

"This tournament is a good preparation for our forthcoming matches against Malawi, Brazil and Angola this month," a delighted Chukwu told reporters afterwards.

Nigeria host Malawi in a 2004 African Nations Cup qualifier on Saturday.

The Super Eagles lead their three-team Nations Cup group and are favoured to clinch the group's sole ticket for next year's finals in Tunisia.


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