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Nigeria snatch draw, Eto'o bags brace for Cameroon

Published on Mar 24, 2013 6:13 AM
Kenya's David Owino (C) challenges Nigeria's Victor Moses (R) during their 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match at the U.J Esuene Stadium in Calabar on March 23, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - African champions Nigeria snatched a dramatic draw and there were vital wins for Burkina Faso, Cameroon and South Africa Saturday in World Cup qualifiers.

Nnamdi Oduamadi, who was not part of the 2013 Cup of Nations-winning squad last month, equalised three minutes into stoppage time after 17-year-old Francis Kahata had given Kenya a shock first-half lead in Calabar.

Burkina Faso, runners-up to Nigeria in South Africa after a giantkilling run that far exceeded expectations, trounced Niger 4-0 at home in a must-win match, although group leaders Congo Brazzaville also won.

Record four-time African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto'o scored in each half as fallen giants Cameroon used home advantage to win 2-1 against Emmanuel Adebayor-less Togo.

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