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Nigeria hammered Mali 4-1 to reach the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Final

Posted: 6 February 2013 Time: 18:54

Nigeria hammered Mali 4-1 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday afternoon to reach the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Final on Sunday at Soccer City.

The Nigeria goals were scored by Elderson Echiejile, Brown Ideye, Emmanuel Emenike and Ahmed Musa. The Mali goal was scored by Cheick Fantamady Diarra.

Nigeria settled the quicker of the two teams, though it was Mali who threatened an early goal when Molla Wague’s header from a corner kick flashed just wide of the target in the 12th minute, while Momo Sissoko shot just over the top from long-range less than 60 seconds later.

John Mikel Obi opened up Mali’s defence in the 15th minute with a long ball that allowed Emmanuel Emenike to sprint in behind and get a low shot on target, but goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa made a good save with his feet. Seven minutes later Mikel sent a powerful volley just wide.

Nigeria scored in the 25th minute thanks to some great play down the right flank by Victor Moses. The Chelsea attacker twisted and turned his way past Adama Tamboura before providing a low cross that Elderson Echiejile turned into the net with a diving header.

The Super Eagles scored again five minutes later with a penetrating run down the right flank by Emenike, who provided a low cross that was turned into the net by Brown Ideye from close-range 2-0.

In the 44th minute Nigeria scored again with a bit of luck when a free-kick was teed up for Emenike to strike – his shot ricocheted off the legs of Sissoko, completely wrong-footing the goalkeeper and finding its way into the back of the net.

In the 60th minute Ahmed Musa made it 4-0 when Mikel played a perfectly-timed pass for substitute Musa to spring Mali’s offside trap, before coolly slotting the ball through Samassa’s legs.

Mali pulled a goal back in the 75th minute when Cheick Diabate set-up fellow substitute Fantamady Diarra to at least put Mali on the score sheet at 4-1.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 08:28 pm
Chei ! see as these thing they smell, I Don Feecckkk UPP !!
posted: 08:31 pm
my follow Nigeria will NFF give keshi long contract ??? or still went to fire him ????
Sgoloza82 *Golden Champ*
posted: 08:38 pm
Weldone naija boyz... Nd gud luck 4 da final, i wish u win it. Dat way we no dat trophy will b somewhr in Hillbro, Kempon park or Sunnyside...
posted: 08:43 pm
I want to use this medium to congratulate the "Super Eagles" on a dexterous and efficient performance today. It has although come to my attention that most fans on this site resorted to criticism of Keshi before the exordium of the tournament, and especially after the draw against the Burkinabes.

Who are we to be critics?
Let us remember my friends that Rome was not built in a day. This is a new team and most players have played just a handful of games together. We must be supportive of the team notwithstanding the outcome of the final match. No one expected Nigeria to make it through to the finals so the boys and coach have done a splendid job so far.

We as fans should sit back and enjoy the lovely game of football no matter how passionate we are about our respective teams. There should be no hatred amongst supporters in football and our words cannot ameliorate our team's performances on the field of play. Well played to all the teams that participated in this years AFCON, thanks to SA for the hospitality, and goodluck to Nigeria in the finals.
Remember in life you win some and you lose some.

"A roaring lion kills no prey"
posted: 08:45 pm
Oh my God this CAF guys are pathetic. Just take a look at the penalty awarded to Ghana. They want a Nigeria vs Ghana final. Ridiculous!
posted: 08:49 pm
Corrupt CAF want to have a Ghana Vs Nigeria Final so they award Ghana SOFT penalty
Naturena born killer
posted: 08:56 pm
Matt/ Tremble4DaTrebleChampsposted: 08:09 pm | Report
Naturena born killerposted: 06:57 pm | Report What was Mali expecting seriously?

What were some of you Zebras thinking when you cooked up that hoax that Mali was "eliminated\" in order for Bafoony to go through by back door? Do you realise what a hammering our toddlers (excluding Bucs players) would've endured against the Super Eagles? It would've been DOUBLE FIGURES I'm afraid.

Zebras aka Fans of Gordon will forever remain in-humane! Nc nc nc...
If u ever played soccer, u will know that there is no therefore in football. U make it sound if Mali was better than us and they were not. It was a game of two halves. Don't 4get those toddlers r leading u leading at de moment and wat does dat make u
posted: 08:58 pm
am soo happy here in Germany with the great result from our super eagles
una 2 much
posted: 08:59 pm
Congrats super eagles! Congrats nigerians
Make una stop talking bad abt keshi n his team
God don't put all una to shame!
Marop wa le Downs
posted: 09:32 pm
X'Tra9njaposted: 07:51 pm  |  Report
@ Maropola.......We just showed you guys how its done.Its time for Bafana to go back to the drawing board to Inject youths with balls and talent into their side.

We did with an average age of 23 years and 17 out of our 23 man team attending their 1st Afcon.

Bafana can do it too and you jackass my friend need to also understand that Nigeria will help develop your talents if you ask.We are more than willing to allow Samson Siasia take ove Bafana Bafana and with Immediate effect too.__________________________________________you see what I mean when I say you are a cockhead? Or should I say crackhead? Yoy make the most foolish statements on public domain. You should be ashamed. For your info, I wanted nigeria to win this afcon because I like Yobo. But you are a dickhead, a foolish islamist! MEND or boKo Haram! Sies
posted: 09:56 pm
The Super Eagles’ coach has said that his team is still developing even after it qualified for the final of the Africa Cup of Nations with massive victory against Mali in Durban

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has reiterated that confidence in the crop of players that he brought to the Africa Cup of Nations has ensured the team’s continued progress as they qualified for the final on Wednesday.

The Super Eagles defeated Mali 4-1 in Durban with goals from Elderson Echiejile, Ideye Brown, Emmanuel Emenike and Ahmed Musa. Mali’s goal was scored by Mady Diarra.

Going into the tournament, Keshi had been criticised for dropping big names Peter Odemwingie, Obafemi Martins and Taye Taiwo among a few others.

“Most Nigerians didn’t understand, it’s not only skilful players that can do the job for you in a tournament. You want the mentality to be strong, you want team players, people that can really work for the team,” Keshi said after the team’s victory.

“Beyond that I know there’s a lot of potential for this team but it’s going to take a while to build and for them to understand the style I want them to play.”

Keshi’s squad has slowly progressed in the tournament where it drew its first couple of matches against Burkina Faso and Zambia before defeating Ethiopia, favourites Cote D’Ivoire and now Mali.

“When we started it was a little bit difficult because we were just coming together for the first time. I knew coming into the tournament, the first two, three games might be difficult because of fatigue.

“But there’s a lot of concentration and high level of discipline in camp and the atmosphere has been wonderful, everything has fallen into place.”

Keshi said he has achieved his aim of trying to put smiles on the faces of his countrymen.

While they go into the final on Sunday against either Ghana or Burkina Faso, there is already comparison of this team with the Nigeria squad of 1994 which he captained to their last Afcon victory and maiden World Cup appearance.

“That squad took five years, this one is only five weeks old. We’re just growing, don’t think we’re there and we can’t lose a game. Sometimes things go up and down, we’re still adding and subtracting. If I see any player that is very good and provides something tangible for my team, I will bring him in,” Keshi said.

Culled from goal.com
posted: 09:59 pm
are there no more tweets from odemwingie?
posted: 10:17 pm
To God be the glory and I want to thank all those who have been supporting this team even when they were knocking their act together. My prayer is that God will smile on us on Sunday to lift the trophy. We are humble in victory and rejoice with even those who had been insulting this fine squad. the Eagles will soar yet. Dear compatriots congrats.
posted: 10:25 pm
i dey see like say Ghana don dey go o!
make God help them back
posted: 11:02 pm
Can any one upload the match on youtube please.
posted: 11:13 pm
CAF wanted Ghana to play Nigeria, God didnt.
Nigeria Vs Burkina Faso
posted: 11:14 pm
bokona base are in
for nig
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 11:21 pm
Sorry Mali, this is not Banana Banana playing Javelins
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 11:22 pm
Imagine if Banana Banana managed to sneak through on penalties.....Super eagles were going to embarrass us at home.
posted: 11:23 pm
@Syde.No,but he should go for refresher course and when he return his assistants should go too.
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