first_imgNigeria almost surrendered a domineering first-leg lead but eventually held on to see off Cote d’Ivoire 4-3 on aggregate to qualify for the African Nations Championships.The Super Eagles headed into Saturday’s tie with a comfortable 4-1 lead from the first-leg at the beginning of June, but were almost forced into extra-time after two first-half goals from the Elephants ensured a tense encounter.However, Stephen Keshi’s side were able to hold out for the win to secure their first ever participation at the African event.It took Ivory Coast just four minutes to open the scoring as Kevin Koelly pounced on Azubuike Egwuekwe’s woeful attempted header back to his goalkeeper before slotting into the back of the net.Midway through the first-half the Elephants grabbed their second, with Koelly completing his brace from the penalty spot after Rabio Ali had been blown up in the area.However, Sabri Lamouchi’s men were unable to find a vital third goal as the Nigerians held out for the win.last_img