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Niger, DRC Squander Chances

Niger and Democratic Republic of Congo failed to take advantage of their chances in their Africa Cup of Nations clash that ended goalless on Thursday night.

Niger came within inches of taking a very early lead as they hit the post in the fourth minute. A mistake from Youssouf Mulumbu gave Issa Modibo Sidibe a chance to curl a shot towards the far corner but it hit the post instead.

In the 13th minute Kassaly Daouda made a terrific save for Niger as he kept out Mbokani's strike with a strong palm following a pin-point cross from Kabangu on the wing.

The DRC had another good chance 10 minutes before the interval. Lua Lua hit a defender with his initial shot and the ball fell kindly for Mulumbu, but his eventual shot was just wide of the target as Niger survived.

Daouda was called into action yet again in the 42nd minute. The Leopards were three-on-one in the final third and Mbokani put Tresor Mputu through on goal, but the Niger keeper reacted quickly and came off his line to smother the shot.

The second half saw fewer chances but both sides had great opportunities to win the game in the last 10 minutes.

In the 80th minute Mbokani was once again in the thick of the action. The Anderlecht man played a clever one-two with a team-mate and tried to cut in with a second one-two, but the return pass lacked quality and the chance went to waste.

In stoppage time Niger should have scored the decisive goal. They had a three-on-two situation but Talatou Boubacar decided to shoot instead of putting Maazu through with a pass, missing a match-winning opportunity.

Standard Bank Moment Of The Game: Talatou's decision to shoot instead of pass in stoppage time may well have been the moment of the game as a goal that late would have seen Niger snatch three crucial points.

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