Nigeria’s Rugby National team have booked their ticket to this year’s All Africa Games, AAG and Olympics qualifiers after winning two games.
A release from Lome, capital of Togo where the competition took place revealed that the country’s Rugby team started brightly after walloping Mali by 36 point 0 in the first game of the campaign.
The latest rave in the South West league, Christian Ogar of Cowrie RFC and Ikechukwu Onwukanjo scored two tries each with UK based Danjuma Msheila, Alfred Oche weighing in with a try of their own to bring the total numbers of points recorded to 30.
Black Stallions’ captain, Azeez Ladipo also contributed his own quota as he showed leadership by converting three penalty kicks to put the final score at 36 points in favour of Nigeria.
It was a different story entirely as the more physical Morocco took the game to the Nigerian team.
After containing the Moroccans for a while, Nigeria lost their bearing later in the 1st half to concede the 1st try and finally conceding two tries in the 1st half.
In the 2nd half, it was business as usual for the Nigeria team as they tried to claw their way back into the game with Ikechukwu Onwukanjo scoring a try after an impressive run by former national team captain, Hammed Gbenga as Ladipo converted the resulting kick.
With spectators expecting a comeback from Nigeria with the score standing at 14-7, Morocco went a step ahead again with another 7 points which took the wind out of the Nigerian team sail.
Despite the 21 to 7 points loss, Nigeria was still able to qualify for the semi-finals where they met their West Africa neighbour, Ivory Coast which turned out to be an exciting match.
The match started on a cautious note as both sides were not ready to throw caution to the winds.
It paid off for the Ivorians as they drew first blood before Onor Jato replied with a try of his own to draw level for Nigeria and Azeez Ladipo converted the resulting kick to give the Nigerian side a 2 point advantage into the half time.
The input of the technical crew paid off in the 2nd half as the Black Stallions dominated proceedings as they made use of the full length of the pitch to wear their opponents out.
The Black Stallions took the lead when Christian Ogar’s pressure on the opponents defense paid off as the careless ball was picked up by debutant, Ikechukwu Onwukanjo to score his 4th try of the competition while the dependable Azeez stepped up to convert the kick.
The match ended 14 points to five in favour of the Black Stallions.

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