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Sunday Mba inspires Nigeria to a comprehensive 4-1 win over Ivory Coast in the first-leg of the African Nations Championship

Posted: 6 July 2013 Time: 19:29

Two goals from Sunday Mba and one each from Gambo Mohammed and Emeka Eze handed Nigeria a healthy 4-1 first leg win over Côte d'Ivoire in their African Nations Championship qualifier.

The Ivorian’s had Roger Assale and Baresi Gloudoueu sent off in the second half.

Nigeria have never qualified for this tournament, now in it's third edition, and needed a big win to ensure progress.

Gambo Mohammed, haunted by his Confederations Cup miss against Spain, found redemption within 12 minutes.

Played in by a wonderful reverse ball from Sunday Mba, the Kano Oillars striker turned on a coin, and somehow squeezed his shot past Sylvain Gbouhouo.

Just short of the hour mark, Sunday Mba doubled the lead. Godfrey Oboabona launched a long punt to Ezekiel Mba, who killed it in mid-air, and whipped in a cross.

The ball bobbed and fell to Sunday, and he smashed into the roof of the net.

Gambo guided a header not long after, but it was ruled off for offside, a decision that looked incorrect on replay.

The Ivorian’s also had a goal chalked off for offside. Kevin Zougoula ruled to be the culprit just before he tapped in.

But they were not to be denied. Assale weaves his way past a flummoxed Nigeria defence as he cut in from wide, then teed up the ball for Tiecoura Coulibaly to fire past Agbim.

Nigeria were awarded a penalty three minutes after halftime.

Solomon Kwambe's corner kick was handled in the box, referee Mahammadou Keita pointed to the spot, and drama broke out.

Assale went to the touch line to remonstrate with the officials, only to earn himself a straight red for talking out of turn.

Undistracted, Sunday Mba stepped up to bury the spotkick. Barely minutes later, the visitors were down to 9 men.

Baresi, already on a yellow card from an earlier tackle on Mba, barged into the midfielder again as he went to chest a high ball.

Keita had no option but to flash the second yellow. Down by two men, it was only a matter of time before they conceded again, and again, Mba was involved.

He casually saw off one challenge as he drove to the by-line, then cut the ball across as a number of Super Eagles players lined up to have a go. The ball fell to Eze, and he kept his composure to skip one challenge before tucking the ball away.

Despite the one goal, it is exactly the result Nigeria needed ahead of the second leg in two week’s time

Previous comments on this story...

Cornerstone
posted: 07:46 pm
Next?
blackpanther187
posted: 07:55 pm
Keshi and his staff are doin a damm good Job! I think we have benifit a lot from the hombased players and I think we are not finished yet!
Stoltz
posted: 08:15 pm
Why two red card.
Santi
posted: 08:36 pm
Exposure and confidence are two positives i pick out from Eagles's performance today, Keshi has really done well for this home based lads and i believe we all saw the benefits of Keshi's vision to work with our home lads, this team was put together within a week but they were able to put up a decent result, Mba showed class confirming my earlier assertion he was class above this level, thumbsup to the coaches and players the 2nd leg awaits them, they should rest on their oars yet
ZION 2
posted: 08:51 pm
Mba the great!.. serious player
mekusdagama
posted: 09:35 pm
Where are the haters?
Anonymous
posted: 09:41 pm
GOOD RESULT..........CREDIT TO MBA AND GAMBO...............

BUT WHY ALL THIS EUROPIAN CLUB SILENCE ON SUNDAY MBA?

WHY ! WHY! Why now?

In my own thought, I think SUNDAY MBA deserved to be in PRO league in UEROPE INSTED OF PLAYING LOCAL LEAGUE IN NIG

SOMEONE COULD PLEASE CONNECT THIS GUY PLS!!! NO TIME?


D'SKOOL
K 10
posted: 11:05 pm
This is a start good but least remember this is not top quality opponents as it was only ivory coasts team composed of local leauge players ! I think Mba has top potential but needs to be more creative in thought, then improve his 1st touch and pass and also get match practice! Thats when big European clubs will come knocking !
chris madu
posted: 11:27 pm
@mekusdagama, there are no haters, only people who want the best for Nigeria. Some may not know how to go about it but I tell you bro, everyone means well.
Game147
posted: 11:46 pm
@Chris Madu, My brother, not everyone means well o. Some criticize constructively out of passion and love for the Super Eagles and Nigeria while some have other motives.

Meanwhile, I like this Gambo boy. He can make a top marksman. He's not afraid of taking responsibility and in fact i forgive him for that miss against Spain, people missed worst chances at 2010 World Cup.
Keshi should give Gambo another try, maybe as a late substitute against Malawi ( when the match is secured ).

In that same match with Spain, Ideye was set-up with a low cross by either Musa ( or Efe ) in the first half , instead of flashing the ball into the roof of the net like most strikers do, he totally bubbled the ball under little challenge by Pique, not to talk of other countless chances.

Give Gambo another chance.
St\'Lee_God no dey sleep!!!
posted: 12:17 am
Kudos to the home based SE lead by Sunday Mba. Guys, una made my day!!!
A big shoutout to the Keshi-led coaching crew....Big boss, you are indeed a builder with vision. I hail o!!!
Congrats to the supportive Kinsman who have belief and stood this team.
This is what experience brings to one's table.
Abeg, make una go Ivory coast and finish off the qualification and lets go to SA again and cultivate more glory!!! Yes o!!!

NIG 4: 1 CIV
CHAN qualifying 1st leg result.
2nd leg loading......

God no dey sleep!!!....HE will continue to bless 9ja!!!....YES O!!! (smiling)
kola, us
posted: 12:39 am
It was reported by Complete Sport that people were harassing Gambo on the street for the miss against Spain and that he has received threat on his phone , my question is WHY?


WE IN THE SOUTH ARE TAKING THINGS TOO FAR.
I WAS HAPPY THAT SOME PEOPLE ON THIS FORUM ARE NOW AWARE OF THIS BEHAVIOR AND THEY DID THE RIGHT THING BY CAUTIONING THOSE IRATE FANS.

WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO PREACH THE MESSAGE OF NON VIOLENCE AND RESPECT FOR ONE ANOTHER.
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