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Nigeria beat Malawi 2014 World Cup qualifiers

Posted: 7 September 2013 Time: 19:04

Goals from Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses helped Nigeria to a 2-0 win over Malawi in the Fifa World Cup qualifying game played at the U. J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar on Saturday evening.

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Emenike marked his return to action for the national team with a goal in the 45th minute, to give a dominant Nigerian team a well-deserved lead over Malawi.

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Before the goal, Nigeria dominated proceedings and made several incursions into the vital area of the Malawians, but the Southern African nation were comfortable sitting back to soak the pressure, as they launched a few futile counter attacks from the flanks.

The Flames however had a rare chance at goal in the 39th minute when Azubuike Egwuekwe mistimed his run and allowed Charles Swini to cut in from the left and send in a cross that was saved by a last ditch header from Efe Ambrose.

The second half resumed in explosive fashion, with Musa getting a free chance at goal in the 47th minute. The CSKA Moscow forward however miscued his pass to Emenike, allowing the Malawians to deal with the threat.

A minute later, Emenike missed a sitter after being played on goal by Ahmed Musa.

Nigeria would however get the much yearned second goal, as they were awarded a penalty after a goal bound Nnamdi Oduamadi was brought down in the 50th minute.

Victor Moses stepped up a d concerted the resulting penalty to double Nigeria's advantage, and put the Super Eagles on cruise control, as they dominated the game from that moment.

The Malawians suffered a blow shortly after, as Limbikani Mzava was given the marching orders for a second bookable offence.

With the points already secure, Nigeria's coach Stephen Keshi took off Moses for Nosa Igiebor in the 71st minute as Nigeria continued to threaten and were unlucky not to increase their lead, with the Flames of Malawi managing to avoid a rout.

In the latter stages of the game, Emenike and Oduamadi made way for Shola Ameobi and Uche Nwofor respectively.

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posted: 07:07 pm
Malawi you're lucky it wasn't 5-0
posted: 07:07 pm
We had a lot of chances after the red card but Malawi's goal keeper was their man of the match. He saved 5 clear cut chances.

Also, I think Yakubu no longer holds the record of worse miss for Nigeria. I think Emenike holds that record now with that horrendous 2 yards out miss he had.
How do you miss that?
Bentley Continental
posted: 07:08 pm
job weldone super eagles!!! not really impressed, we culdnt score a ten man malawi, thats poor for an african champion!!!!!!,,,
posted: 07:08 pm
Malawi out Nigeria in good job SE, the wet pitch and Goalkeeper save Malawi a lot if not the 6:0 WAS A REALISTIC. in all it made my day.
posted: 07:10 pm
Musa did great but was worst than Emenike in chances missed.
posted: 07:11 pm
on chances missed
posted: 07:12 pm
Congratulations Super Eagles. Good job guys. This is a much better selection in my opinion. Though more work has to be done. We have to think ahead before we encounter tougher teams, because that day will surely come. Up Super Eagles, Up Nigeria.
posted: 07:12 pm
Good win but some wasteful finishing once again despite having a full house.
posted: 07:16 pm
@saintfiet, Calabar was unsafe,the referee was bad,it was because of the rain OR the turf is not good enough!Which excuses above?poor dude.
posted: 07:19 pm
The truth remains malawi arent in the same class as Nigeria. Am glad keshi has sent saintfiet back to Europe with his tail between his legs..Nice game!! Chuks
posted: 07:22 pm
Of course we marched past them. Was anyone other than Saintfiet expecting a different out come?

The only thing stopping us from going to Brazil is ourselves.
posted: 07:23 pm
To be honest, there's still alot of work to be done on this team. This was not a great performance but at least we thank God we are in the next round where the real test will come. A plethora of chances was missed, we need to test more strikers. Kind of dissapointed that we coul not add one more goal after the red card but overall we accomlished the most importnt thing which is to qualify for the next round.
posted: 07:24 pm
What a game, we just have to wait for our next opponent to crush and head to Brazil.
posted: 07:24 pm
accomplished**** I meant
Omo 9ja
posted: 07:25 pm
Who is the next jay jay Okocha in this team to take our free kicks???? Nobody. I told you guys, Keshi need Rabiu Ibrahim for this roll. For sure we will meet tough opponents in the last round while any wasteful any chances may not be granted. What kind of pattern were Eagles played today???? Keshi should please do something to the up front because, next round won't be easy ooo. Kudos to Malawi, they tried their best to win this match but Eagle's showed them while their are the current Africa Champion. Congrats to the Eagles, Congrats to all Nigerians. God bless Nigeria!!!
St\'Lee_God no dey sleep!!!
posted: 07:29 pm
Nigeria 2: 0 Malawi
Keshi 2:0 White-dube Sanitfiet + Malawi FA

A BIG Congrats to Keshi, his coaching crew, every players of the Super eagles, NFF and all Nigerians both at home and in the diaspora!!!

"...that (Keshi) which was hidden from the proud wise and prudent, was revealed to mere sucklings (us, the visionary, patient & supportive fans)..."
Baba God, we thank you o, becos U no dey sleep!!!

Proudly 9ja for life...no contest!!
posted: 07:33 pm
Saintfiet succeeded in getting us all to talk about this match which ordinarily should have been won by our B team, but this is world cup qualifier and you don't need to blink until qualification is in the bag and that was what Keshi and his men did today. Keshi's team is no longer a work in progress but a team of determined young men hungry for success. I just wish them well in the playoff next month.
posted: 07:33 pm
Burkina Faso just qualified for the final round. Are we still going to play against them in a friendly on Tuesday? They should cancel it. It will work in their favor if we play a friendly then have to face them again in the final round.
assain X
posted: 07:34 pm
tbh emmenikes first goal was taken very well if that were brown or gambo they would have missed it well played and they were patient aganist a malawi side that tried to park the bus. oduamandi was very good as an attacking midfielder and could continue in that postion in the near future. nigeria werent that wasteful the malawi keeper had a good game very impressed with musa and a great pass by onazi
posted: 07:35 pm
after watching dis game all i cn say is mikel should leave chelsea immediately.. He should move with d speed of light out of chelsea immediately...
Mikel bi ezigbo onye ball...
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