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Nigeria beat Malawi 2014 World Cup qualifiers

Posted: 7 September 2013 Time: 19:04

Goals from Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses helped Nigeria to a 2-0 win over Malawi in the Fifa World Cup qualifying game played at the U. J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar on Saturday evening.

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Emenike marked his return to action for the national team with a goal in the 45th minute, to give a dominant Nigerian team a well-deserved lead over Malawi.

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Before the goal, Nigeria dominated proceedings and made several incursions into the vital area of the Malawians, but the Southern African nation were comfortable sitting back to soak the pressure, as they launched a few futile counter attacks from the flanks.

The Flames however had a rare chance at goal in the 39th minute when Azubuike Egwuekwe mistimed his run and allowed Charles Swini to cut in from the left and send in a cross that was saved by a last ditch header from Efe Ambrose.

The second half resumed in explosive fashion, with Musa getting a free chance at goal in the 47th minute. The CSKA Moscow forward however miscued his pass to Emenike, allowing the Malawians to deal with the threat.

A minute later, Emenike missed a sitter after being played on goal by Ahmed Musa.

Nigeria would however get the much yearned second goal, as they were awarded a penalty after a goal bound Nnamdi Oduamadi was brought down in the 50th minute.

Victor Moses stepped up a d concerted the resulting penalty to double Nigeria's advantage, and put the Super Eagles on cruise control, as they dominated the game from that moment.

The Malawians suffered a blow shortly after, as Limbikani Mzava was given the marching orders for a second bookable offence.

With the points already secure, Nigeria's coach Stephen Keshi took off Moses for Nosa Igiebor in the 71st minute as Nigeria continued to threaten and were unlucky not to increase their lead, with the Flames of Malawi managing to avoid a rout.

In the latter stages of the game, Emenike and Oduamadi made way for Shola Ameobi and Uche Nwofor respectively.

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posted: 07:36 pm
@naijaobi - I agree with you but it is now too late since the transfer window is now closed.
posted: 07:40 pm
Oboabona was a very good free-kick taker at sunshine stars, I wonder why the so called big boys will not allow him to take free-kicks for us.
posted: 07:41 pm
Up 9ja!!! :)
GoodLuck Jonathan
posted: 07:41 pm
Emenike miss goals 2day...nawa..Well lets see who our next opponents will be.
Santi Santi
posted: 07:43 pm
Despite the poor pitch SE played some good football yet again, as expected the Malawians were out to frustrate us by defending deep credit to them though they held their own till Onazi opened them up with that class pass, just take away that Emenike's goal and give me Onazi's pass thats was worldclass something the Iniestas will do and the world will start drooling, job done let Keshi take a deserved rest & come back and prepare for the final round we will be needing 100% concretration and less distraction.
posted: 07:44 pm
Anyone watching CIV vs MOR. Cracking game of football
posted: 07:48 pm
I am watching the CIV vs MAR match. Even though the match is a formality, both teams are pushing forward.
posted: 07:53 pm
naijabros link for mor v civ match please...somebody should help..
Santi Santi
posted: 07:55 pm
Collynzo its part of things Keshi still needs to fix in his team, Mikel & co take set pieces just for the sake of being senior players something they got no expertise in doing, Keshi needs to talk to them to leave it for Oboabona aleast he does it better, we wasted lots of FKs today i wasnt happy about that, in certain games it takes one good FK to make a difference we should learn to make it count not waste it.
posted: 07:55 pm
link for civ

it half time 0-0
posted: 07:59 pm
Good game but we're not there yet.
We have to admit the fact that the scoreline really undermines our current status as african champions. Personally, the most annoying talking point is that we do not have a go-to guy when it comes to set-peices. I want to reiterate the opinion of @Omo9ja. Time and again Mikel steps up to take a free kick he doesn't know how to score. That's not professional.
VERDICT: We need to sharpen our tactics.
S.E. players should start practising that.
P.S.: @Banky1985, Yakubu still holds that horrible record. Emenike was disturbed by Nosa while Yakubu wasn't.
posted: 08:05 pm
Honestly, Keshi needs Siasia. Keshi should be humble enough to work with Siasia. Siasia too must humble himself to work under Keshi. Former Brazilian World Cup coaches have no problem working under any Brazilian National team coach

Keshi was a great Defender in his time. We can trust Keshi with the defence of the Super Eagles. The Super Eagles is now overloaded with superior talents and we need an attack minded dude like Siasia to assist Keshi. If Nigeria is to return to the old days of beatuing teams with a great number of goals, we need the NFF to arrange a platform for Siasia and Keshi to work together.
president of united fans Africa ( Engr Ehis)
posted: 08:05 pm
Nice job boys, bring us ghana or cameroon, we are d African champions
posted: 08:14 pm
i heard d commentator shouting 2 thousand dollars,d eagles will get 2 thousand dollars fr each goals,why do we always involved money in everythn,u will hardly hear ds kind of stuff in european games ..goodluck in the final round SE
kola, us
posted: 08:21 pm
@maradona we don't need Siasia near this team, Amokachi is offensive minded and that is good enough,
posted: 08:24 pm
CIV is gradually going the way of naija of the old. I ve never seen a back line so slow in my life. Drogba has expired too. But MOR 'll be a force in the next nations cup.
posted: 08:26 pm
My people I am Happy with what SE did, did people say very wasteful Nigeria NO, not that is you really watch the game the goalkeeper did what V. Enyima always do. He was able to save the strikes if your are a player at the 16 box all you can do is to strike the ball which our guys did not all keepers will have this luck. See what is about to happen to CIV. In the Hand of Moroccans.

It not always easy to beat a team that is about to miss world cup in their life time.
Brazil 2014 Nigerian in progress Malawi stopped siantafit go home.
posted: 08:32 pm
@ MARADONA, during siasia time wz d team able 2 score 6goals pass any of their opponents? Siasia won against a 3rd string argentina side and ppl started shouting dat d mashia
posted: 08:41 pm
Messiah* has come. Keshi is a manager who knws ow 2 get d best frm his players, while siasia is a coach. And wat nigeria nid is a manager who can harness d large pool of talent at our disposer. Congrats 2 keshi and SE.
posted: 08:50 pm
Ivory Coast do not look as sharp as they once did in the past. If they jam Egypt in the final round, they will not qualify for the World Cup.
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