Ghana, Nigeria win friendlies

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi
Nigeria's new coach Keshi is confident he will steer the Eagles to success

Brothers Kalu and Ikechukwu Uche were on target as Nigeria recorded a flattering 2-0 win over Zambia in a friendly on Tuesday.

In the ninth minute, a Taye Taiwo free-kick rebounded off the wall, he found Fegor Ogude, whose through ball reached Ahmed Musa and his cutback found Kalu Uche, who beat Kennedy Mweene to put the hosts ahead.

His younger brother Ikechukwu made sure of victory with a long-range shot in the closing stages of the match.

It is the first time the Uche brothers have scored for Nigeria in the same game.

Zambia dominated for long spells with the best chances falling to captain Christopher Katongo and Rainford Kalaba went close for Zambia.

It was the first match back in charge for Frenchman Herve Renard, who took the job for the second time in his career after Zambia sealed their place in the 2012 African Nations Cup finals.

Nigeria were playing their second game under coach Stephen Keshi, who was also at the helm for Saturday's disappointing 0-0 home draw with Botswana in Benin City.

The Nigerians failed to qualify for the Nations Cup.

Meanwhile, Ghana needed a late goal to beat 2012 Africa Cup of Nations co-hosts Gabon in a friendly in France on Tuesday.

South Korea-based Derek Asamoah scored the winner late in the game after Agyemang Badu converted a first-half penalty to give the Black Stars the lead.

South Africa rested a number of first choices, including captain and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Steven Pieenar, and suffered a 2-1 defeat in neighbouring Zimbabwe after leading at half-time.

Debutant Turkey-based striker Bradley Grobler - the latest experiment by Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane to try and solve a scoring crisis - displayed clinical finishing to score on 28 minutes in Harare.

But Zimbabwe striker Knowledge Musona did even better in the second half by scoring twice to punish opponents he knew well having spent several seasons at Kaizer Chiefs in Johannesburg before joining German club Hoffenheim this year.

Guinea, smarting from a four-goal mauling by Senegal last weekend, snatched a 1-1 draw with fellow Cup of Nations qualifiers Burkina Faso in France through an Ibrahima Conte goal after Yahia Kebe opened the scoring in the first half.

Libya and Belarus drew 1-1 in a fiery Dubai clash that saw the red card flashed three times and Niger came from behind to draw 1-1 against Botswana in Niamey.

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