Posted: Thursday January 24, 2013 3:03 PM

Congo and Niger draw 0-0 at African Cup

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PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) -Congo and Niger played out a goalless draw at the African Cup of Nations on Thursday to let Mali and Ghana off the hook and leave the two favored teams at the top of Group B heading to the final round of games.

A win for Congo would have put pressure on both, especially Mali, but crucial saves from Niger goalkeeper Kassaly Daouda ensured Claude Le Roy's team couldn't break through at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Niger was also dangerous, with its best period early in the second half when captain Moussa Maazou threatened three times in a six-minute spell.

Congo should have been well ahead by then, but Daouda pulled off a diving one-handed save and a close-range block to twice deny striker Dieumerci Mbokani in the first half.

 
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