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Kanu doubt for quarter final

Kanu doubt for quarter final

Nigerian striker Kanu is doubtful for the African Nations Cup quarter final against Ghana. Kanu injured a knee ligament during Nigeria's opening match of the tournament against the Ivory Coast.

Officials said Kanu, who did light training on Saturday, was unlikely to make the squad for the game.

Kanu's unavailability would have added to coach Berti Vogts woes after Nigeria only scrapped through to the quarter-finals ahead of Mali on goal difference.

"Ghana are obviously the big favourites for this match, we have to admit that. But I believe can win this match, even if in extra time," Vogts told Reuters on Saturday.

Vogts said he had no explanation for the team's poor start to the competition. They failed to score until the second half of the last of their three Group B games.

"We played poorly in the first games and for that there can be no excuses. But I believe we have turned the situation around. You can see it in the body language of the players," Vogts added.