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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...

nairalord1
posted: 11:32 pm
congrat to all Nigerian football fans
congrat to all critics we are close to achiving our goal
To Nigerian haters Nigerians are special people and there's nothing you can do about it
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 11:32 pm
Nigeria did not qualify for AFCON last year....few months later they are in the AFCON final away from home. When did Nigeria start building? Banana Banana must fire this Pink ass Gordon Masende. learn for the Nigerians, we have been building since before confederation cup.
Ebimocliff
posted: 11:37 pm
Nigeria-Burkina Faso, this will be a very interesting game but I believe this is our cup.UP SUPER EAGLES!!!
Anonymous
posted: 12:03 am
Congrats to Super Eagels. They played well. But let us say the truth some one player is not good enough for the team. Oboabona is a lucky guy. He makes a lot of mistakes gving Omeruo double job to do. Keshi needs to get serious after winning the cup to drop Oboabona to the bench for Apam to partner our new hero Kenneth Omeruo.

Also Uzoenyi showed today that is a crap player. Total #### of a player when he came on. 1 good pick from the local player is sunday Mba whom I never expected to even make the team and he has been very good working behind Emenike and Ideye.

We have a solid team now bar Uzoenyi and may be 3 more players to get out of this selection for Anichebe, Aluko, Apam and a real rightback.

UP Eagles for the CUP
Futbol-Aficionado
posted: 12:43 am
With the inclusion of Joel Obi; Sidney Sam; Anichebe; Aluko; Onyekachi Apam; Anthony Ujah, Balogun ( the lad in Germany) and even Bright Dike, this current Super Eagles will become a combination of thunder and lightening. We will get there.Trust me.

That's the the team we will be taking to Brazil 2014.

"Knowledge is like onyx. One digs deep to have it."
DeMarkus
posted: 12:58 am
Hahaha...
Lucky Lucky Luky Ghana!!!....The blabbermouths escaped the swift and righteous pummelling that was coming to them(Sunday) from the Super Eagles and Lord knows they deserve it and it is due, but nevermind for now, dont worry ghana, your time shall come when there'll be no more need for talk and insults but time to get your beating (which by the way you guys so deserve), so again for now pack your bags, go home and lick those wounds because there are many many more to come ok? Look as Burkina Fasso completely owned your black ghan asses lol! take it from me for the last time - NIGERIA HAS ALWAYS BEEN AND WILL ALWAYS BE YOUR SUPERIOR ON THE FIELD AND OVERALL THE MOST FORMIDABLE TEAM IN AFRICA HENCE THEM CALLING US GIANTS OF AFRICA - with regard to SA, I saw and read what a lot of the dross on here had to say mind I said a lot not all, to those who showed a sense of decency and maturity in your post, nuff respect I say as I duff my hat to all of you, and to the others (who have somehow since fell silent and dissappeared) LOL!, I saw keep on hating - this is what destroys you guys and continues to make us(Nigerians) your rightful masters and superiors in every single thing you can think of - Shame on all of you as you have defeated yourselves by attacking and being very very derogatory to my team very publicly and yet we are now one of the only two left standing in the almighty dust-up we've already had.

I for one am looking forward to the Humdinger to come on sunday....and the celebrations as they unveil Nigeria's name on that cup and it finally comes back home to Abuja via Lagos (las gidi) where it rightly belongs

UP NIGERIA! UP THE SUPER EAGLES!! CHEERS, HOORAY AND CHIN CHIN TO THE BOYS AND EVERYONE INVOLVED APART FROM AMOKACHI
JOOOOR OO!
Anonymous
posted: 02:17 am
The Super Eagles victory was simply EMPHATIC. The outcome of the contest was never in doubt after thirty minutes. Lets pray Emenike, Moses and Ideye are 100% and ready for business on Sunday. Burkinafaso looked like a very fit team. We have to be 2-0 up at half time to demoralise them and avoid a fight back. It is now Nigeria's title to lose. I pray the Eagles will be focused to do the business at hand. Politicians, please stay away from the camp. Slyman
Nkata Offor 1 of Igbo land
posted: 02:26 am
@UZ0, @Futbol-Aficionado, You guys are awesome.
You saw the game and u watch it well, caf really want Ghana to meet Nigeria so that they can frustrate our boys. I may hurt anyone in this forum but psychically those who knows me know that I am friendly than anyone here, I am one person who never reject any human being no matter your predicaments, as far as Ghana is concern, 3/4 of Nigeria survived through my little help, my only fault is that I don't accept nonsense. I have to congratulate Keshi and his boys, they make me proud and I pray it will continue, when you do things the way it supposed to be, I will never complain, I am not a failure, base on that I don’t accept failures, Nigeria all over is happy, this is not the time of name calling, it is the time of jubilation. This is the best team ever anyone can be proud of, but we still have lots of work to do in the defensive errors. I personally criticize keshi so that he can learn. I personally do my job well and triumph over it. God bless all Nigerians, God bless supper Eagle, God bless keshi and his team, NFA must wakeup to fight the like of caf and their inability to cope. Nigeria referee has no way to be found in these tournaments, why? Am happy regardless of who is the coach. Siasia and keshi are from the same state, I hv nothing different to siasia or keshi but I hate lazy job. I will say, God is with keshi. Long live Nigeria; long live our darling Supper Eagle. Long live our fans that stand strong to ask for good result. Anytime keshi slumber I still will come out fully to criticize him. I may not see what make him to say that this is 94 squad but the fact is that he has proof himself, he still have lots of work to do. I rest my case. NKATA OFFOR 1 OF IGBO LAND HAS SPOKEN. DALUNU.
tippy tappy
posted: 03:07 am
@Nkata Offor 1 of Igbo land.
At no point of his (Keshi's) post match interview did he say this present squad of SE his better/on same level with the squad of 94. He said this team is a work in progress and highlighted this fact by saying the it took 5yrs to build the 94 squad while this team has only been together for 5weeks.
Anonymous
posted: 03:23 am
Nkata Offor, nice comment. Congratulations to Super Eagles and all Nigerians. It is true that critics are patriots. If we had not criticised these boys they would not have stepped up their game. I do agree that team can get better with the addition of Leon Balogun in Right back, Apam for Oboabona, Joel Obi and Aluko in midfield and Sidney Sam to back up Moses in the forward line. Slyman
nomvulayunayebatin
posted: 05:57 am
you guys are better and best just keep the spirit like that , good luck in the final ,
Aku Karia 1 of Imo State
posted: 06:03 am
@Nkata Offor, Keshi and Siasia are not from the same state... Keshi is from Anioma (Delta Igbo), whereas Siasia is from Bayelsa.. I'll advise we leave this two in peace, Keshi is good as a coach whereas Siasia. right now keshi happen to be the one in charge, so we should support him... stop all these unnecessary comparison btw the two lads..
Lappy
posted: 07:37 am
@NKATA OFFOR, I HAIL YOU OOOOOO, YOU ARE NOW FRIEND, THANKS ALOT FOR YOUR COMMENT, GOD BLESS YOU
Phefeni Glamour Girl
posted: 07:52 am
What does this tell us about Bafana Bafana
Liesbeeck
posted: 08:21 am
That Sunday Mba dude is a good player. Obi Mikel and Emenike came and quickly left our (SA) shores without the big teams taking notice, such is life sometimes. Congratulations and all the best to Burkina Faso and Nigeria. They worked so hard to get there and deserve to be in the finals
weezer
posted: 09:04 am
Congratulations to Nigeria, i take my hat off for the nigerian coach, he believed in these youngsters & they did'nt dissapoint.
Nkata Offor 1 of Igbo land
posted: 09:47 am
@tippy tappy, READ THIS ARTICLE WELL

These Eagles are like ’94 squad, Keshi hits back at critics
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by Gbenga asEdeyHOT | Posted on January 15, 2013 by Gbenga asEdeyHOT
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Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has declared in Faro that the potentials in the present squad he is nurturing for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations could match the all-conquering 1994 squad which he captained to Tunisia.

The ’94 squad won the Nations Cup in Tunisia(Nigeria’s second after 1980) and also qualified the nation for her first World Cup in USA’94.

The 1994 Super Eagles squad paraded the likes of Skipper Stephen Keshi, Sunday Oliseh, George Finidi, Taribo West, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Dan Amokachi, Austin Eguavoen, Peter Rufai, Uche Okechukwu, Uche Okafor(late), Rashidi Yekini(late) and Emeka Ezeugo among others.

In a chat with Supersport.com at the team’s camp in Faro, Keshi said, “many Nigerians don’t know how good this team is. I see great potentials in them and they can go places,” adding that “in Emenike I see a player who can be like Rashidi Yekini and Godfrey Obaobona will grow in his position”.

Keshi said although the withdrawal of Shola Ameobi and Danny Shittu would not derail his plans for the tournament, he however, admitted he would surely miss Shola Ameobi. “He would have brought a lot of good things and experience because when he played with us in Miami for the friendly against Venezuela he was a brilliant influence on the pitch and in the dressing room.”

On the criticisms that trailed the release of the final squad for the tournament, Keshi said.”I just make sure I concentrate on the players and make them understand and buy into what we want to do. Nigeria is a place that you can never satisfy every person so we just make sure we do our best”.

However, Keshi agrees that his team is better prepared, unlike previous tournaments lately, “we have had no distractions. The NFF have been very supportive and we are just focused on the job at hand”

The gaffer said neither he nor his players were under any pressure to perform “I would not put any pressure on my players; my duty is to make them relaxed with high concentration levels so that they can carry out the tactical plans we have during matches.”
gabo
posted: 09:59 am
Mali e thutswe ke koloi ya digeseee!!
Blackjesus
posted: 10:19 am
Then they expected me as a south african 2 be proud dat bafana lost on penalties against a team dat was slaughtered in 45 minutes by a rebuilding nation. Da moment dis bunch of idiots start playing with passion,determination nd pride dats whn ill think abt being proud. 2 nigeria gudluck 4 da finals u derseve 2 be ther u played with determination u were more hungrier than mali.
8 Years since Zebras won the league
posted: 10:28 am
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