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Ahmed Musa scored with 10 minutes left to hand Nigeria a 1-0 victory over Kenya

Posted: 5 June 2013 Time: 17:23

Ahmed Musa scored with 10 minutes left to hand Nigeria a 1-0 victory over Kenya in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.

The CSKA Moscow forward latched on to a visionary ball from Efe Ambrose and had the composure to loop high and over the committed Duncan Ochieng.

Nigeria went into the game top of the group but walking a tightrope after opening the door and allowing Kenya a peek in the reveres fixture last March.

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But the Harambee Stars were hamstrung by the loss of four key players, and were underdogs despite playing at home.

However, with Victor Wanyama a controlling figure in midfield, they frustrated Nigeria and made life hard for John Mikel Obi's midfield.

Both chances created chances, even though Nigeria dominated most of the possession.

Wanyama however, picked up a knock in the second half, and his influence apwaned, Mikel's grew, with the Nigerian dictating play and looking to jack up the game.

Kenya's strategy though, proved to be their undoing. Waruru broke free on the counter and bore down menacingly down the left channel.

With no support, he tried to take on Efe Ambrose. The Celtic man calmly dispossessed him, then raked a long, looping punt to Musa, whose pace got him in behind the Stars defence.

Ochieng, way off his line, was caught unprepared. Nonetheless, Musa had the not so easy task of hooking the ball way high of Ochieng and into the net.

It proved to be the decider, but just to make sure, Stephen Keshi threw on Fegor Ogude to steady the ship as Nigeria held on for the win.

With second placed Malawi drawing with Namibia, the Super Eagles establish daylight at the top of the group.

Victory over Namibia next week will see the Super Eagles needing just a draw against Malawi at home in their final group game if the Flames win against Kenya.

If Malawi fail to beat Kenya, the Super Eagles will qualify with one game to spare.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:59 pm
well done super eagles.we missed so many chances.as for me there is lot to be done in the attack,ideye.is too slow.we need power in our attack.i really missed emenike .let keshi give players like ezekiel imoh,anichebe ,and haruna lukeman chances. as for mba.some one else should replace mba.i love the change,substituing ideye that was perfect,
posted: 05:59 pm
@kinuthiajm2@gmail.com, Thanks bro, May God bless you and your country. I love Kenyan's so much, very peaceful people inwardly and outwardly. Nigeria and Kenya will always remain brothers, even if we play twenty matches in a row, it won't change our relationship.
posted: 05:59 pm
Congrats guys and well done.
posted: 06:02 pm
Please, we should ignore one by name Francois. He is not a Nigerian and is living in stone age with moder corrupt attitude, campaigning for a coach who cannot even get any club to coach in Nigeria because he had relegated two in two years each...
kola, us
posted: 06:02 pm



@BANKY, what is your noise about Mba, pls get off the back of this boy, he is fine, he played according to instruction. The 1st half was to be careful not to concede a goal like the 1st match, and Mba was the one running back and forth for that assignment, so he got tired and was replaced. The plan was to frustrate them so that they can open up in the second half.

A lot of fans are just criticizing to the point of wishing the team bad luck, please , please please this is not criticism.

We won again and Malawi played a draw, what more are we expecting: to humilate them?

People are complaning about our bench, Onazi played well from the bench, Ogu is good, Odunamadi played well, Ejide was good against Mexico and Ogude did not disappoint , so how many bench players do we really need? In any team you only need 5 and we got 6.

Siasia never played pam, pam with Juth or Bayelsa, as a matter of fact he relegated them like he did to the Eagles, playing pam,pam in the junior teams and not being able to duplicate it in the senior level is a failure.

Final thought , that was not a heart attack football, so pls stop ridiculing our team, most of the comments were unfortunate and uncalled for.
posted: 06:08 pm
up eagles.........keshi u are the best coach ever nigeria is about to produce.kudos boos.
posted: 06:09 pm
I watched the match,and must confess it was a tight one but thank God we won.Havin said that,the justification of Ideye in the National team is still a surprise to me.He is often a waste in up front as he fails to make use of all scoring chances that come his way.Keshi should look for better replacement for this guy who so unreliable.
The good news is we won while Malawi drew with Namibia.
posted: 06:12 pm
The writer of this article must have watched a different game all together. What does he mean by 'Mikel was held back by Wakama?' from the very start Mikel was something else. Eagles would have scored more goals if Emenike had played. He quickly presented the less prolific Kenyan players' injury and forgot the Big players of the Eagles that are in great caliber that could not play for Nigeria becuase of injuries. The likes of Emenike, Moses, Uche Kalu etc, and the fact that Ideye was playing with an injury. Mr. Man, stop being biased and be real. After all the noise, Kenya found themselves defending at home. Although Eagles occasionally slips, there is never a comparison between the two teams, at least for now. Well done Super Eagles!
posted: 06:17 pm
congratulations Nigeria.... keshi must work on the the team set peice capabilities if we want to make it to the world cup... defending teams like kenya can sometimes be difficult to break down especially by teams like ours whose creativity in the third half of the pitch is really poor...as our link up play upfront isnt what nigerians are used to...so corner n free kicks should form part of our modern warfare weapon on the pitch

Well done to Keshi bt more n more work needed as the team is not convincing yet..

i wonder if nigerians will be congratulating him now if the outcome was different...

long live Niaija
posted: 06:27 pm
Nice game... good ball possession...and holding of the ball. Attack is none existent... keshi.. give Mike Enaramo a chance. Confed cup without a standing 9 na wahala oooo.
posted: 07:00 pm
Congrats to all Nigerians and the Super eagles. I hope Keshi can now take a look at his squad and improve on it before the game in Namibia. Goodluck Keshi, good luck to the Eagles. Slyman
posted: 07:04 pm
Kola I luv ur comment, u've said it all.. Haba nigerians, if keshi do their own dem talk, if he do he own dem go still talk
posted: 07:16 pm
I am very greatful for Mba doing on Afcon,and i am very pleased of Keshi work but it is a time for Lukman Haruna playing and mr Keshi please stop support Mba,he dont deserve place in the Super Eagles 11
posted: 07:27 pm
What mattered in this game remains the result. They got it and that's all that count. No coach ll open up play and end up losing a crucial game like this one. Brown Ideye played his part. Today Onazi, Mikel and Oboabona stood out. We ve never had a poacher since Yekini...and the search continues. I have no complaint about this match cos on the balance of play, Nigeria just about edged it.
posted: 07:40 pm
@ kola us, can u pls grow up for once? why so much hatred on siasia? or did he steal ur wife from u? common maine! Makes u sound childish everytime u mention siasia in ur comment. Relax maine!
posted: 07:41 pm
It's always scary when a team survived by a hair's breadth and I wonder if this is the team that will play spain or do we have another team that we have not seen yet?.What i saw today was just old Amodu team.An improvement is highly needed before Confederation Cup to avoid embarrassment from energetic fast paced Spain.
Santi Santi
posted: 08:09 pm
Apiripah our target is to qualify for nxt round of the W/C qualifier which we are close to, confeds cup is just an icing on the cake Eagles aint execpted to win it rather than put on a good performance and you show your ignorance again here by calling Spain a energetic fast paced team i can bet you dont watch football and too i wonder why you say Eagles play heart attack, pls tel me how many goal chances did the Kenyans get, were Eagles dominated? If nt for an uncordinated attack we should have scored aleast 3 goals today, why cant you be sincere with yourself for once.
posted: 08:15 pm
@Apiripa, My brother, How many goals did Spain score at 2010 World Cup ?
Santi Santi
posted: 08:15 pm
And for those who say bringing Ogude was going defensive i bow for una, havent we seen likes of Mourinho, Ferguson take off forwards for defenders or defensive midfielders to preserve a lead? We are so obsessed with the European league but we stil cant learn simple tactical decisions coaches make like Keshi did today haba.
posted: 08:20 pm
Hello my dear friends, firstly i also want to congratulate the eagles for getting the points and in a satisfactory manner, it was obvious which was the superior teams and we all know that in world football you hardly get those huge score margins again as things have moved on...
Futbol-Aficionado- very good point and I agree, I will add at this stage Lukman Haruna to that list of players who HAVE to be with the team.
And on a lighter note, funny how that mischievous moniker "super chickens" has mysteriously disappeared along with the stench of certain individuals chiefly from ghana and south africa who coined it in the first place haha, special mention goes out to a particularly nasty piece of work - from south africa - i forget his name who only earlier yesterday and today was all over this nija site...its nice to see the back of the likes of that one...peace and quiet in here now.
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