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Nigeria beat Ethiopia in their Nations Cup qualifier

Nigeria's Ikechukwu Uche
Uche shone on his return for Nigeria after his injury absence

Peter Utaka and Ikechukwu Uche scored two goals each to lead Nigeria to a 4-0 win over Ethiopia in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Sunday.

Utaka made it 1-0 inside the opening 35 seconds in Abuja.

He doubled the lead in the 53rd minute after a clear shot at goalkeeper Zerihun Derese's net.

Utaka was replaced in the second half by Uche, who found the net in the 78th minute and then sealed the win in injury time.

Ethiopia had chances but their profligacy in front of goal cost them dearly with Abebaw Bune, Fekru Tefera and Yared Showaatir the biggest culprits.

It was not a convincing, assuring and authoritative performance from Nigeria but Siasia will be happy with the three points gained.

In the other Group B match, Guinea salvaged a 1-1 draw against Madagascar in Antananarivo that keeps them top of the group with seven points.

The Bulls look set for a upset victory after Yvan Rajaonarimana gave the home side the lead 17 minutes into the game, but Djoulde Bah struck with ten minutes to go to earn the West Africans the draw.

Guinea top the group with seven points, while Nigeria are just behind with six.

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