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Special Eagles lose to Russia, out of Amputee World Cup


First-half goals from Igor and Adam Mesiev ensured that Russia was in firm control of the game heading into halftime before Dmitri Udalov scored the third goal after the break to seal Nigeria’s elimination from the Amputee World Cup

For the Special Eagles grouped alongside defending champions Russia and former champions Brazil, qualifying out of their group was always going to be tough.

After battling difficult odds to get into the tournament, the team arrived jaded seven hours to kick-off for their opening game against Brazil. The Special Eagles fell to a 6-0 loss but were confident they would bounce back in the second game after proper rest.

However, the Amputee Eagles were defeated 3-0 by Russia on Tuesday at San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco, Mexico.

Meanwhile, in the other Group E fixture Brazil defeated El Salvador 1-0.

The Special Eagles still have a game to play against El Salvador to complete their journey at the tournament in Mexico. The game effectively a dead rubber will provide an opportunity for Nigeria to salvage some pride.

Africa’s other representative, Kenya came from behind to defeat USA 2-1 in their group game.

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