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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: 08:21 pm
Football unites Us in Nigeria. When Ahmed 'Ferrari' Musa scored that goal, the 'Commander-in-terror-of-Boko-Haram-ndiara' gave an order and it's members filled with joy, started spraying bullets in the air. May be if Ahmed Musa continues scoring for Super Eagles, they can stop, lol.
Santi Santi
posted: 08:28 pm
Kenya had zero shots on target.
That summarizes the match.

Lol according to sme people Kenya gave us a heart attack and they did it with zero shots on target...
posted: 08:39 pm
Based on what i saw here,everyone predicted high score in favor of SE.1-3,1-5,0-3,0-4 but after 5 minutes of watching the match,i knew right away that both teams would not score more than a goal,that's why my prediction was 1-1.There are at least three reasons for my prediction if you really know what football is all about.

@Game147,Your Calabar prediction was NIG 6 - 1,Today is NIG 3 - 1.I hope you are not mistaken football goal chart with transcendental numbers in math.Lol.
posted: 08:53 pm
@Apiripa, Lol, I can't remember predicting 6-1 in Calabar, do you have a proof on that ???. However, I prefer optimism than pessimism . I'm not a good mathematician anyway. Are you smartly avoiding my question : how many goals did Spain score at 2010 World Cup ???
posted: 09:30 pm
@Game147,I don't know if you read the book by George R.R.Martin.He said'A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies'.I'm also a reader here in KON.I could remember everyone's comments like it was written in my Imo reader book 1,Lol.Your comment before Calabar match.I REMEMBER you said,that SE would SPANK Kenya 6-1.

Spain Vs Holland is not Nigeria Vs Kenya.Game147,We are the African CHAMP.We supposed to spank minnows like Kenya at least 2-0.Kenya is not among the football power house in Africa.How many times have you seen Kenya in the world cup or African Cup of Nations??.Come on guys,we love Super Eagles doesn't mean that we don't know our sizes anymore.CHAMP shouldn't be struggling with Countries like Kenya.C'mon Nigeria.
posted: 09:56 pm
@Apiripa, This is Burkina Faso's Caf/Afcon record before 2013 edition :

1957 to 1965 – Did not enter
1968 – Did not qualify
1970 and 1972 – Withdrew
1974 – Did not qualify
1976 – Did not enter
1978 – Round 1 (as Upper Volta)
1980 – Did not enter
1982 – Did not qualify
1984 to 1988 – Did not enter
1990 to 1992 – Did not qualify

1994 – Withdrew during qualifying
1996 – Round 1
1998 – Fourth place
2000 – Round 1
2002 – Round 1
2004 – Round 1
2006 to 2008 – Did not qualify
2010 – Round 1
2012 – Round 1

Spain lost it's opening game at 2010 World cup against Switzerland, Argentina were whitewashed in La Paz in April 2009 ( by Bolivia of all countries ) , Spain played 1-1 with lowly rated Finland in a friendly, Cape Verde ( which it's population is not bigger than my village ) stopped Cameroun from Qualifying for Afcon 2013, the list is endless. You should be 'familiar' with the word 'Growth or improvement' .

Did you ever believe that Burkina faso will reach the finals prior to the Afcon 2013 ??? Just be honest with your answer.
posted: 11:17 pm
CONGRATULATIONS TO SUPER EAGLES! No doubt, Kenya made it a bit difficult with their dirty tactics. They approached the game exactly the same way the played the first leg by putting men behind the ball. I am happy with the way Eagles handled them. Well done to all the players and the coaching crew. More things still to come for Nigeria.
posted: 11:46 pm
@ Game147 to support ur points, Spain even drew with Finland a WORLDCUP qualifier at home self...
@ Apiripah: U only spank teams (especially Minnows) that come out to play an open game of football. Any minnow team that defends as Kenya did, you should be happy with 1 - 0 scoreline. Check records of teams that got spanked in modern day football and analyze their play you would see they had the mindset to win. But Kenya I saw today had no plans to come out and attack.
posted: 12:21 am
I was at the game in Houston on Friday and one of the prevailing thoughts amongst us Nigerians present was for our dear eagles to pull out a result against Kenya. The understanding was that travelling around the world would have an effect on our play along with the fact that we are missing some key players. Remember at the nations cup it took until the 4th game for us to click and once we did we played beautiful eye catching football. We are basically in the same position now with a minimum of 6 games together in the coming weeks. I think we have forged our defence as the back four plus enyeama have played every match together since the 2nd game of Afcon. The defensive midfield is together and right now we are trying to find the right players to fill in at the attacking mid and backup center forward position. All this while not losing any games is a step in the right direction. If we qualify for Brazil, we will be a team to be reckoned with.
posted: 02:11 am
Guys no need arguing over this performance....its nt the best we hv seen of super eagles.. however any win is a good win...afterall the hallmark of a champion is even when they are not playing well they still grind out a win....(ask Fergie n Man united)

But, and its a big BUT... this team need improvement in all department....i can still see some occasional school boy defending....but that dont underscore the team's defensive qualities we just need to keep working on it no matter the opposition...

Our midfield is a lot better than it was in the past few matches albeit against a poor n injury hit kenya...who wud hv thought its keshi that will bring out the best of Mikel Obi....so much criticism of Mba bt i think the poor boy is a workaholic no doubt he needs improvement as with all players.....and y are people calling for haruna...that boy is good but trust me he is not that good...highly unserious and low work rate(my assessment based on his games i have seen tho i hv seen him lately bt if he is that good he should be on the transfer mrk making big career move to major clubs in europe because thats exactly want the eagles midfield needs a mdfielder that intimidate other midfielders even b4 stepping on the field of player...the idea is to bring in someone who will mk the a huge diff and transform the eagles midfield, create the fear factor if nt for big teams bt for minnows like kenya, malawi etc mk them #### themselves b4 we even play them...anyone remember the 'battle of Mumbasa" in all honesty Haruna is just going to be another average player in the eagles set up, so whats the point? Joel Obi maybe a lil bit better bt he is nt in that class either plus he is hardly injury free...

My most worry is our attack.. this team has shown promise but am afraid our link up play upfront is really poor...our direct assault isnt potent enough, and our wing play and crosses need more work....having said that, i recognize Rome wasnt built in a day so am hoping we will use the confed cup to test out might against the best teams in the world...i must warn, Nigerians should not expect miracle a decent performance will be good enough for us n keep our team confidence in top shelf...( and by decent performance i mean we are African champion we should live up to that reputation and earn the respect of other continental champions even if we dnt win...

Once again thank you to everyone whose criticism is borne out of desire and love for motherland however, how misdirected some of them might sound, i get you guys cuz we all want the best for naija..and ofcuz u hv earn the right to ur opinion as i hv earned mine..

Thank you Eagles, Thank you Kechi

God bless naija
posted: 08:56 am
If Malawi fail to beat Kenya, the Super Eagles will qualify with one game to spare. Qualify? for what? Qualifying to be part of the teams at the world cup finals in Brazil is the most difficult thing in Africa. Hope the reporter meant qualify for play offs since all the teams that will come out top of their respective groups will still have to play one another to go to Brazil.
Only 90mins
posted: 08:59 am
Nigerians, Keyans, wildlife, football..think about it
posted: 11:14 am
Big boss Keshi and his boys are now ready to get for us another 3 points from Namibia b/f heading to confederation cup in Brazil, good luck Keshi and your boys, we love you guys, for those that don't like you nor the boys you think that can fit to your style of play should wait until when NFF employ them by then they can false those players that dose not want to play for Nigeria like Sidny Sam, and the group, up SE God bless Nja.
posted: 12:17 pm
na wao for some ppl, have you really watch eneramo play, hes more of akpala,(not saying hes not good though) there are certainly better players than him. am happy tony ujah and john ugu are in the team now, have closely followed those two for sometime now(john is big, strong on the ball,skillful with tenacity and zeal to push forward, while ujah is a clinical finisher and powerful like emenike. just like most ppl are saying, imoh ezekieh will be a good addition to the team, but his small stature may just be a disadvantage.hes a smart kid.
posted: 01:54 pm
kENYA should work harder to qualify for next AFCON, they don't have the qualities for World Cup right now just like Togo & Angola in 2006 - they went on embarassed Africa in Germany. Africa needs their best to compete in Brazil 2014. Kenya priority should be next AFCON so also team like Malawi. Football is not magic, you cant give what you don't have.
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