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Nigeria progress to AFCON 2013 semifinals after beating Ivory Coast

Posted: 3 February 2013 Time: 18:59

Nigeria shocked tournament favourites Ivory Coast 2-1 to progress to the Africa Cup of Nations semifinals in Rustenburg.

The Super Eagles took a first half lead through Emmanuel Emenike just before the break, but the Ivorians levelled on 50 minutes through Cheick Tiote.

However, Sunday Mba netted the winner 12 minutes from time for a sensational victory.

Elephants coach Sabri Lamouchi made eight changes from the team that drew 2-2 with Algeria in their last match, and it showed as Nigeria got out of the blocks faster, with Victor Moses firing in a shot on 10 minutes which Boubacar Barry parried to safety.

Emenike fired another shot over the bar on 27 minutes before their dominance was finally rewarded just before the break – the striker slotting a great free-kick after Moses was brought down just outside the area.

The Ivorians looked much better after the break and were duly rewarded just five minutes in when they drew level through Tiote, who headed in Didier Drogba’s free-kick at the back-post.

The Elephants kept up the pressure, though a warning sign of the Nigerian danger should have been forthcoming when Aide Ideye’s close-range headers was well saved by Barry.

Yaya Toure was put straight through and looked certain to score, but the excellent Vincent Enyeama was equal to the task.

It proved a crucial save as Nigeria scored the decisive goal just 12 minutes before the end – Mba beating three defenders before his deflected shot left Barry with no chance.

Ivory Coast through everything forward and had a number of chances, but just could not get the ball into the back of the net as the Eagles held on for a famous win.

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Previous comments on this story...

FaceofNaija
posted: 09:03 pm
By the way we love South Africa.... Especially their women.. One of the most beautiful in the world!!!
diehardman
posted: 09:12 pm
omeruo is my man of the match boy u 2
much keep it up eminke i luv ur speed
nd power to run down defenders i need
to se more up super eagles up the big
boss so who will be next ghana or mali?
Commonsense
posted: 09:13 pm
I ***** aka Commonsense do hereby eat humble pie for not believeing implicitly. I doff my hat for the Eagles who will soon become SUPER.

I know all Keshi lovers will want the like of our heads for not expecting Keshi to excell. Forgive us for we know not what we do.

But make una no vex if I say this one o. I do this at the risk of receiving heavy knocks from pro Keshi supporters.

I believe that the play we saw played out in todays match was actually a consensus determination by the players to prove skeptics like me so wrong that I ought to cry for my unbelief. Well since they won, Keshi ought to take credit for it.
So you know what this means? I mean that I will still continue to doubt Keshi's competence but the thing here is the Big Boss will keep making me eat humble pie for not being convinced.

Furthermore, I want us to start praying for the Eagles who are about to be Super, to keep their heads and not feel they've arrived. Two matches remains to be won by Keshi to help restore commonsense to me that I presently lack and y'all know why? I am a Thomas.

For the haters from the country hosting this tournament, I need not dignify you by relating your heritage filled rudeness to the Mandiba's country, don't keep ranting for we'd rather not begin to ask whatever happened to your team that they failed to be counted.

Eagles, I will believe.
blackbright
posted: 09:14 pm
Good display naija. The giant of africa. The eagles' home lads have justified their making up the team. Enugu ranger's playmaker's goal was superb. God bless SE
Paddy Moore
posted: 09:25 pm
The God of soccer was on our side and my team won. I still agree with what Didier said. We laugh before the game and go on the pitch and slug it out, and after the game we continue to laugh and be friends. Long live Nigeria! Long live Ivory Coast! Long live African teams! We are edging closer to putting our hands on that elusive world cup and very soon it will be one of these African teams.
chikason
posted: 09:31 pm
In homebase and Keshi the bigboss we trust
Diehardblues
posted: 09:37 pm
Dawning of a new era for real Super Eagles!.
Diehardblues
posted: 09:39 pm
Dawning of a new era in Nigerian ftb.
kenkaba
posted: 09:40 pm
South africans know how to expose their ignorance. Which country will accept u out here with your lack of skills?
Diehardblues
posted: 09:42 pm
up Eagles
lastairbender
posted: 09:46 pm
the baby eleghant are out.,
Anonymous
posted: 09:48 pm
All retired Kickoff journalists welcome back. This Gbedu too sweet. I thank you God. Super Eagles have already made my day! Slyman
Cornerstone
posted: 09:49 pm
@Temilele, my iyawo na teacher near you there for Keele and Eglinton. I even dey buy fuel for that Chinese people Esso wey dey for Trentheyway. I dey wait for your invite o weather we reach final or not. Good to talk Niaja soccer sometimes.
moremoney osad jt
posted: 09:49 pm
moremoney osad jt
posted: 09:49 pm
YES SUPER EAGLES AM PROUD TO BE NAIJAAA.. WELL DESERVED WIN.. HATERS GO AND HUG TRANSFORMER..LOL.. CANT SHOUT... EVERYBODY PLAYED WELL INCLUDING D NIGERIAN FAN CLUB... AM HAPPY WITH THIS WIN, DONT CARE IF WE DONT WIN THE CUP..THIS WAS THE FINAL TO ME,AND WE WON...HURRAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY
Anonymous
posted: 09:53 pm
Despite how bad they played against Ethiopia, one thing was clear, these Eagles are resilient. They are hard to beat. Like I said before, they remind me of the 2010 young Black Stars that made It to the finals of Afcon. Slyman
Click! Clique Bang!!!
posted: 10:00 pm
So many nigerians on this site.
CJB Ramses III
posted: 10:04 pm
Lord Vinny (Treble Maniac)posted: 07:23 pm  |  Report
Well done to the Nigerian super eagles. Personally I never gave them a chance coming into this. Tactically in the group stages Keshi did not inspire much confidence and there was a lack of team chemistry.

Something I need to get across here from a South African perspective. We Orlando Pirates speak fondly of our Nigerian counterparts. Why would we hate Nigerians? Why would we hate Nigerians when Williams Okpara wrote his name in gold in our hearts by being a key member of our squad that conquered Africa and delivered to us our golden star? Why would we hate Nigerians when one of our most trusted sergeants in the midfield that goes by the name of Onyekachi Okonkwo is a Nigerian?

In Onyekachi TICO Okonkwo our hopes in the up coming CAF Champions League adventure lies. He is the one that took us to the semi finals not so long ago by eliminating his boyhood love Enyimba. We celebrate this victory with our legend Okapara and our soldier Okonkwo.

Well done to the Super Eagles and Up The Bucs!!!!
>>>>>>>>>>>>
CJB Ramses III
posted: 10:05 pm
Lord Vinny (Treble Maniac)posted: 07:23 pm  |  Report
Well done to the Nigerian super eagles. Personally I never gave them a chance coming into this. Tactically in the group stages Keshi did not inspire much confidence and there was a lack of team chemistry.

Something I need to get across here from a South African perspective. We Orlando Pirates speak fondly of our Nigerian counterparts. Why would we hate Nigerians? Why would we hate Nigerians when Williams Okpara wrote his name in gold in our hearts by being a key member of our squad that conquered Africa and delivered to us our golden star? Why would we hate Nigerians when one of our most trusted sergeants in the midfield that goes by the name of Onyekachi Okonkwo is a Nigerian?

In Onyekachi TICO Okonkwo our hopes in the up coming CAF Champions League adventure lies. He is the one that took us to the semi finals not so long ago by eliminating his boyhood love Enyimba. We celebrate this victory with our legend Okapara and our soldier Okonkwo.

Well done to the Super Eagles and Up The Bucs!!!!
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Vin I'm supposed to be on a KickOff sabbatical... but it's words like yours that will make my sabbatical an even harder one to endure... Like Quentin Tarentino your are fresh & enlightening... Keep it up My Champ.... until next time....
Sense_Of_Glamour
posted: 10:34 pm
I am REALLY impressed... And have turned a Nigerian supporter cause I just love good football.
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