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Nigeria crash, South Korea through

Posted: 22 June 2010 Time: 22:34

Nigeria and South Korea drew 2-2 which means Nigeria are out of the tournament while the Koreans match on.

The Nigeria goals were scored by Kalu Uche and Yakubu Aiyegbeni and for Korea, the goals came from Jung Soo Lee and Chu Young Park.

Kalu Uche then broke the deadlock in an emphatic fashion after 12 minutes. Odiah easily passed two Koreans on the right flank, and he should have been dispossessed, before he swung the ball in for a lurking Uche, who cut infront of his man and poked the ball into the net.

South Korea got their chance to reply when Yeom Ki-Hun stood over a free-kick in a dangerous area on the right. It was a good delivery but, lacking in height, the ball went back out to safety with easy Uche soon reared his head again at the other end, but opting to shoot instead of crossing proved a poor idea as his shot went well over the bar.

Uche hit the post on 35 minutes. A devilish strike from range really rattled the woodwork, leaving Jung Sung-Ryong stranded, but no one was there to nudge the rebound into the empty net for the African side.

Chinedu Obasi was the first person to receive a yellow after some dangerous play down the left flank. Ki Sung-Yong swung in the free-kick and Lee Jung-Soo was able to run in unmarked at the back post to nod the ball in to bring the scores back to level pegging. The referee called it after 2 minutes of added time and the teams went in with a goal each.

Danny Shittu conceded a foul outside of his own box in a dangerous area for the Asians on the pitch - and dangerous it was. Park Chu-Young stood over the ball and bent it expertly around the wall, beating a wrong-footed Enyeama in the process. It was a dream start to the second half for South Korea as they took the lead for the first time in the game.

We had the miss of the World Cup so far. Ayila made a wonderful run down the left before squaring the ball into an unmarked Yakubu who was standing in front of an open goal. No easier chance could have been presented to the Yak, but he somehow managed to put his effort wide from 6-yards. It was truly a sight to behold.

However, it wasn't long before Yakubu had a chance to make up for his mistake, and South Korea Huh Jung-Moo would begin to regret ever sending on Kim Nam-Il. The overexcited defensive midfielder would find himself in the book after scything down Obasi in the box. The Nigerian crowd fell silent as Yakubu was designated the task of the taking the penalty, but the big striker calmly slotted past Jung Sung-Ryong to bring the scores level once again.

Park Ji-Sung wrong-footed Echiejile before cutting inside and shooting, but his powerful shot shook the outside of the net. Soon after, Obafemi Martins was played onside by Chinedu Obasi with only the 'keeper to beat. Once again though, the Nigerians lacked teeth as his deft chip rolled past the post with Jung Sung-Ryong sprawled outside his 6-yard box.

A chance fell to Martins as a cross came in from the right. The Wolfsburg striker failed to control the lofty ball properly s it neared the ground, and once more the Super Eagles were left ruing wasted opportunities due to a lack of sharpness at the front.

Obinna then struck twice in as many minutes in a last-gasp attempt to snatch the win for the Africans. He first made space before shooting just inside the area and seeing his attempt go just wide. He struck again soon after only to see his more powerful long-range shot suffer the same fate, which really seemed to sum up Nigeria's entire attack line for the duration.

With Argentina winning 2-0 against Greece it would have taken just one more goal from the Nigerians to seal a place in the last 16. It was not to be though as the referee called it after 93 minutes, allowing the South Koreans safe passage to the next stage with the Albiceleste, while the Super Eagles join must the Greeks on the plane home.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:45 pm
That is Rubbish. Nig. Players are simple not equal to the task. But the coach is an idiot by using lazy player Yakubu, nonsence, we don't this kind of coach aho look face.
Anonymous
posted: 10:50 pm
lucky was not on our side,lack o exprience 4m shitu olso cost us.he can not head the ball away without pushing sm1 away,y?
Anonymous
posted: 10:51 pm
nigeria are simply the weakest team in this World Cup. Their supporters are living in the past hence they think they are the best. They have been grouped in one if not the weakest group & yet they could'nt win a single game. Pathetic losers with fat defenders.
Anonymous
posted: 10:52 pm
1point won't make go for the next round, never! The drug-lords didn't win at least one game in the African world cup. They won no game in African soil's show piece.
Anonymous
posted: 10:59 pm
This result is terible...i dont wanta talk bout the coach today...the present SE has deep problems....the team has got too many average players who shouldn't even go close to the team at all...if i start mentioning names....'ll mention more than half of the present team....this present team is realy rubbish....i dont know and dont realy care who the next coach is gointa be.. no matter how tactically sound the coach might be...he needs to drop his tactics somwhere...and dig deep to search for real naija boys wey dey play football...this fantastic players are everywhere locally and abroad..this is not an age matter...its bout being talented and oozing class...
yakubu is horrible (the f.o.o.l with the captain’s hand band was actually angry when he was substituted i don’t know why!!!) and i need to mention that his penalty was poor ..we were lucky it went it...if only the South Korean obeyed the simple rule of goalkeeping..he would hav caught the penalty quite easily...cos the ball wasn’t well directed....obasi..obina..ideye....kaita.. ...echjinle..shittu...odiah(even though he had a above average performance today)..Afolabi..ayila.yakubu..should not be in the super eagles at all...the team needs a complete overhaul from defenders to the attackers....Can u imagine..kanu as old and slow as he has become still playing a lot beta than most of these so called younger boys ...he was in my opinion, our best player today...which means that our present team jst doesn't av any quality..as kanu still showed them ow to do it...the ability and talent gap btw the old and the present generation of SE...is just too wide....it is simply appauling.....looks to me like we need to start from the very beginning after the nff elections....that is anoda side of the story...i can only hop God intervenes to bring in pple to the nff who will genuinely wanta move our football forward....i need to end on a positive note...i sincerely hope the SE will be Super again starting from the next nations cup....i hop for once the football administrators will make decisions that will move our football forward...i love the eagles!!!
Anonymous
posted: 11:07 pm
I think Benny should join nigeria. They are so fat. That is why they never won a game in Africa's first world cup.
Anonymous
posted: 11:26 pm
3 games 1 point and no win in a relative easy group than group of BB. The abnormally Big heads of nigeria is useless team in this World cup and talk to much as if their are better than BB, I'm very happy these animals lost
Anonymous
posted: 11:30 pm
Oh pls guys.did the coach tel yakubu 2 miss that siter?
Anonymous
posted: 11:39 pm
@Toad, @44passes; South Africa has made history, they are the first world cup host to be eliminated in the first round. WHAT A RECORD. Even if you guys had 100 points in 3 matches, you are still no match against the weakest Nigerian team. Don't forget that Nigeria beat South Africa home and away in the qualifiers. You guys could not even qualify for the 2010 Nations cup. By the way, you guys should start now to build up a solid team for 2014 because there will be no back door entry into the 2014 worldcup for you guys. STOP ALL THESE NOISE MAKING.
John (Geneva)
posted: 12:00 am
What I still don't understand is how come Yakubu wasn't benched today, especially after all the protest from the whole world. Unbelievable! Hope nobody ever selects him ever again. Please do us a favor; please Yakubu retire before someone else makes the mistake of selecting you again. No class at all. Absolutely useless.

Obasi, oh my God! too damn useless as well, should never ever be invited again.

Etuhu was nowhere to be found. Useless!

Shittu had good intentions but commits too many faults around the box and too much gira gira.

Afolabi please don't even think of coming back.

Obafemi is too old. This should be his last selection. Thanks for all you have done but right now your best is not good enough.

Vincent was not at his best today and too slow in leading the counter-attacks. Though not well protected by the defenders today but could have still done better. Vincent, even though I’m not a fan, I will still like to thank you for saving us from total disgrace at this world cup.

THe present 23 are our best players for now. Let us accept that they are just not good enough and start rebuilding a new team now. I do not care with which coach but definitely with new players.


UP Super Eagles
Anonymous
posted: 12:03 am
44passes or what do you call yourself, you call Nigerian drug lords, let me remind you that the reason why your country did not qualify is because all of you are criminals with gun always in your pockets,so the only thing you know how to do best is to rob foreing players and visitors that come to your country,follow them from the airport to their hotelroom,lazy people.
Anonymous
posted: 01:10 am
THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO GET MAD AT ANYBODY...YOU WILL BE HURTING YOURSELF THE MORE. THIS IS WHAT YORUBAS CALL "EDI". IF TWO OR THREE TOP STRIKERS MISS SITTERS THAT ARE SO EMBARRASSING EVEN ONE OF THE MISSES HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR FIFA ALL-TIME WORST MISS, YOU WILL REALISE IT'S NOT ORDINARY "EYE".

IF YOU AS FANS HAIL ONE PLAYER, AND CLAMOUR FOR HIS INCLUSION, AND WITHIN MINUTES OF GETTING ON THE PITCH, HE DOES SOMETHING SO SILLY AND SO HEARTBREAKING THAT YOU START CONDEMNING THAT SAME PLAYER...ALA MARTINS, AFOLABI, OBASI, OSAZE, S.HITU,LUKMAN, NSOFOR...NAME THEM...IT IS NOT "ORDINARY EYE".

SO, I HAVE MADE UP MY MIND NOT TO BLAME THE PLAYERS AND COACHES...ALL ARE UNDER A VERY MALIGNANT SPELL...AND WHATEVER THEY DO WILL ALWAYS TURN TO BAD...NOTHING IS MORE CLEAR THAT WHAT WENT UP TODAY.

MY APPEAL IS TO PRESIDENT JONATHAN...IN THE DAYS AHEAD, NIGERIANS WILL BEGIN TO ASK EARNESTLY THAT YOU "SAVE OUR FOOTBALL" FROM THE CABALS AND JOBBERS LAYING SIEGE AND FEEDING FAT ON IT RIGHT NOW; THAT HE SHOULD DAMN FIFA AND ITS AXE AND BRING REFORM TO SPORTS...AFTERALL WE JUST SUNK N900M OF TAXPAYERS MONEY INTO NFF JUST LAST MONTH...SO THAT THE OVERHANGING SKY OF DOOM AND EVILRY OVER OUR SPORTS CAN BE DEALT WITH ONCE AND FOR ALL...OR ELSE, THE DISGRACE WILL CONTINUE IN 2012, 2014, AND SO ON..

CRYING AND MOANING ABOUT THIS SHAME WILL NOT HELP US; WE NEED TO GET OFF OUR BUMS AND FACE THE MAIN ISSUES OF OUR USELESSNESS...IT GOES BEYOND OVERHAULING THE TEAM, SACKING OR RETAINING COACHES...

WAKE UP JONATHAN, OUR FOOTBALL MUST BE COMPLETELY REFORMED FROM GROUND FLOOR UP.
Anonymous
posted: 04:00 am
Letter to home affairs! Now that the WC is over for the drug lords plz make sure they are out of here!make sure they have their bags with no drugs left bhnd!plz tel General Cele to deploy cops to their fan village... I thank
Anonymous
posted: 04:39 am
@Stonza, the worldcup is also over for the r.a.p.i.s.t.s (SA) who believe that r.a.p.i.n.g a child/virgin/young girls can help to cure HIV/AIDS.
chukwuka
posted: 05:12 am
Nigeria has refused to learn from past mistakes.Nigeria was finding it hard 2 qualify for 2002 world cup.Amodu was signed as coach towards the end of the qualifying rounds , with a promise that he will be given the mandate to lead the team to WC if he can qualify us.
Just b/c we came 3rd in the ACN in 2002,he was sacked after qualifying us,and what happened-we only ended with a point in 3 matches in 2002.Samething has happened again.He was sacked b/c we get came 3rd in ANC and has again ended with one point.

Lets face the facts we all know and agree that Amodu may not be so good but

1,Why sign a coach with no african exprience few months to WC ?,infact the coach only met the players after the european season ended ,i.e 4wks ago.
2,why sack a coach who qualified u for a tournament and replace him with another coach who failed to qualify his own country for the same tournament?.
3,Why did the NFA break a signed contract,is it b/c Amodu is a nigerian?.They should ask Liverpool FC,the consequences of breaking agreements/contract s with coaches.
4.Since there was a cry for fake-oyibo/foreign coach,is Lar---,the best NFA could offer us?.
5,Amodu may have fumbled to 3rd place at the ACN,but he has this luck or what we christians refer to as been blessed,from the manner he qualifed us for WC twice and how he got to two semis at ANC.Even mouriho and wenger will tell u,u need that atom of luck/blessings on your side.He should have been allowed to fumble as usual but get us to the round of 16/quater finals,then after u can then rebuild the team.

For me, AMODU remains the greatest coach ever,to have handled the super eagles(based on time spent/achievments and total matches won/lost).Pls dont tell me its westerhof b/c we all seem to forget that it took him almost 6yrs to qualify us for USA 94 and to win the ANC.

least i forget,pls let the chapter of using foreign based players be closed,Enyimba FC could have done better with or without any fake oyibo/foreign- coach/Lar something.
chukwuka
posted: 05:12 am
Nigeria has refused to learn from past mistakes.Nigeria was finding it hard 2 qualify for 2002 world cup.Amodu was signed as coach towards the end of the qualifying rounds , with a promise that he will be given the mandate to lead the team to WC if he can qualify us.
Just b/c we came 3rd in the ACN in 2002,he was sacked after qualifying us,and what happened-we only ended with a point in 3 matches in 2002.Samething has happened again.He was sacked b/c we get came 3rd in ANC and has again ended with one point.

Lets face the facts we all know and agree that Amodu may not be so good but

1,Why sign a coach with no african exprience few months to WC ?,infact the coach only met the players after the european season ended ,i.e 4wks ago.
2,why sack a coach who qualified u for a tournament and replace him with another coach who failed to qualify his own country for the same tournament?.
3,Why did the NFA break a signed contract,is it b/c Amodu is a nigerian?.They should ask Liverpool FC,the consequences of breaking agreements/contract s with coaches.
4.Since there was a cry for fake-oyibo/foreign coach,is Lar---,the best NFA could offer us?.
5,Amodu may have fumbled to 3rd place at the ACN,but he has this luck or what we christians refer to as been blessed,from the manner he qualifed us for WC twice and how he got to two semis at ANC.Even mouriho and wenger will tell u,u need that atom of luck/blessings on your side.He should have been allowed to fumble as usual but get us to the round of 16/quater finals,then after u can then rebuild the team.

For me, AMODU remains the greatest coach ever,to have handled the super eagles(based on time spent/achievments and total matches won/lost).Pls dont tell me its westerhof b/c we all seem to forget that it took him almost 6yrs to qualify us for USA 94 and to win the ANC.

least i forget,pls let the chapter of using foreign based players be closed,Enyimba FC could have done better with or without any fake oyibo/foreign- coach/Lar something.
chukwuka
posted: 05:13 am
fNigeria has refused to learn from past mistakes.Nigeria was finding it hard 2 qualify for 2002 world cup.Amodu was signed as coach towards the end of the qualifying rounds , with a promise that he will be given the mandate to lead the team to WC if he can qualify us.
Just b/c we came 3rd in the ACN in 2002,he was sacked after qualifying us,and what happened-we only ended with a point in 3 matches in 2002.Samething has happened again.He was sacked b/c we get came 3rd in ANC and has again ended with one point.

Lets face the facts we all know and agree that Amodu may not be so good but

1,Why sign a coach with no african exprience few months to WC ?,infact the coach only met the players after the european season ended ,i.e 4wks ago.
2,why sack a coach who qualified u for a tournament and replace him with another coach who failed to qualify his own country for the same tournament?.
3,Why did the NFA break a signed contract,is it b/c Amodu is a nigerian?.They should ask Liverpool FC,the consequences of breaking agreements/contract s with coaches.
4.Since there was a cry for fake-oyibo/foreign coach,is Lar---,the best NFA could offer us?.
5,Amodu may have fumbled to 3rd place at the ACN,but he has this luck or what we christians refer to as been blessed,from the manner he qualifed us for WC twice and how he got to two semis at ANC.Even mouriho and wenger will tell u,u need that atom of luck/blessings on your side.He should have been allowed to fumble as usual but get us to the round of 16/quater finals,then after u can then rebuild the team.

For me, AMODU remains the greatest coach ever,to have handled the super eagles(based on time spent/achievments and total matches won/lost).Pls dont tell me its westerhof b/c we all seem to forget that it took him almost 6yrs to qualify us for USA 94 and to win the ANC.

least i forget,pls let the chapter of using foreign based players be closed,Enyimba FC could have done better with or without any fake oyibo/foreign- coach/Lar something.
chukwuka
posted: 05:17 am
Nigeria has refused to learn from past mistakes.Nigeria was finding it hard 2 qualify for 2002 world cup.Amodu was signed as coach towards the end of the qualifying rounds , with a promise that he will be given the mandate to lead the team to WC if he can qualify us.
Just b/c we came 3rd in the ACN in 2002,he was sacked after qualifying us,and what happened-we only ended with a point in 3 matches in 2002.Samething has happened again.He was sacked b/c we get came 3rd in ANC and has again ended with one point.

Lets face the facts we all know and agree that Amodu may not be so good but

1,Why sign a coach with no african exprience few months to WC ?,infact the coach only met the players after the european season ended ,i.e 4wks ago.
2,why sack a coach who qualified u for a tournament and replace him with another coach who failed to qualify his own country for the same tournament?.
3,Why did the NFA break a signed contract,is it b/c Amodu is a nigerian?.They should ask Liverpool FC,the consequences of breaking agreements/contract s with coaches.
4.Since there was a cry for fake-oyibo/foreign coach,is Lar---,the best NFA could offer us?.
5,Amodu may have fumbled to 3rd place at the ACN,but he has this luck or what we christians refer to as been blessed,from the manner he qualifed us for WC twice and how he got to two semis at ANC.Even mouriho and wenger will tell u,u need that atom of luck/blessings on your side.He should have been allowed to fumble as usual but get us to the round of 16/quater finals,then after u can then rebuild the team.

For me, AMODU remains the greatest coach ever,to have handled the super eagles(based on time spent/achievments and total matches won/lost).Pls dont tell me its westerhof b/c we all seem to forget that it took him almost 6yrs to qualify us for USA 94 and to win the ANC.

least i forget,pls let the chapter of using foreign based players be closed,Enyimba FC could have done better with or without any fake oyibo/foreign- coach/Lar something.
chukwuka
posted: 05:18 am
Nigeria has refused to learn from past mistakes.
Nigeria was finding it hard 2 qualify for 2002 world cup.Amodu was signed as coach towards the end of the qualifying rounds , with a promise that he will be given the mandate to lead the team to WC if he can qualify us.
Just b/c we came 3rd in the ACN in 2002,he was sacked after qualifying us,and what happened-we only ended with a point in 3 matches in 2002.Samething has happened again.He was sacked b/c we get came 3rd in ANC and has again ended with one point.

Lets face the facts we all know and agree that Amodu may not be so good but

1,Why sign a coach with no african exprience few months to WC ?,infact the coach only met the players after the european season ended ,i.e 4wks ago.
2,why sack a coach who qualified u for a tournament and replace him with another coach who failed to qualify his own country for the same tournament?.
3,Why did the NFA break a signed contract,is it b/c Amodu is a nigerian?.They should ask Liverpool FC,the consequences of breaking agreements/contract s with coaches.
4.Since there was a cry for fake-oyibo/foreign coach,is Lar---,the best NFA could offer us?.
5,Amodu may have fumbled to 3rd place at the ACN,but he has this luck or what we christians refer to as been blessed,from the manner he qualifed us for WC twice and how he got to two semis at ANC.Even mouriho and wenger will tell u,u need that atom of luck/blessings on your side.He should have been allowed to fumble as usual but get us to the round of 16/quater finals,then after u can then rebuild the team.

For me, AMODU remains the greatest coach ever,to have handled the super eagles(based on time spent/achievments and total matches won/lost).Pls dont tell me its westerhof b/c we all seem to forget that it took him almost 6yrs to qualify us for USA 94 and to win the ANC.

least i forget,pls let the chapter of using foreign based players be closed,Enyimba FC could have done better with or without any fake oyibo/foreign- coach/Lar something.
chukwuka
posted: 05:19 am
Nigeria has refused to learn from past mistakes.Nigeria was finding it hard 2 qualify for 2002 world cup.Amodu was signed as coach towards the end of the qualifying rounds , with a promise that he will be given the mandate to lead the team to WC if he can qualify us.
Just b/c we came 3rd in the ACN in 2002,he was sacked after qualifying us,and what happened-we only ended with a point in 3 matches in 2002.Samething has happened again.He was sacked b/c we get came 3rd in ANC and has again ended with one point.

Lets face the facts we all know and agree that Amodu may not be so good but

1,Why sign a coach with no african exprience few months to WC ?,infact the coach only met the players after the european season ended ,i.e 4wks ago.
2,why sack a coach who qualified u for a tournament and replace him with another coach who failed to qualify his own country for the same tournament?.
3,Why did the NFA break a signed contract,is it b/c Amodu is a nigerian?.They should ask Liverpool FC,the consequences of breaking agreements/contract s with coaches.
4.Since there was a cry for fake-oyibo/foreign coach,is Lar---,the best NFA could offer us?.
5,Amodu may have fumbled to 3rd place at the ACN,but he has this luck or what we christians refer to as been blessed,from the manner he qualifed us for WC twice and how he got to two semis at ANC.Even mouriho and wenger will tell u,u need that atom of luck/blessings on your side.He should have been allowed to fumble as usual but get us to the round of 16/quater finals,then after u can then rebuild the team.

For me, AMODU remains the greatest coach ever,to have handled the super eagles(based on time spent/achievments and total matches won/lost).Pls dont tell me its westerhof b/c we all seem to forget that it took him almost 6yrs to qualify us for USA 94 and to win the ANC.

least i forget,pls let the chapter of using foreign based players be closed,Enyimba FC could have done better with or without any fake oyibo/foreign- coach/Lar something.
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