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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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wise one
posted: 08:56 pm
I just wonder what ameobi add to this team,his old,slow and unpatriotic, i rada have ideye, and my man of the match is onazi....that dude is good
posted: 09:03 pm
One of the most important positions in a team is a good attacking midfielder and Super Eagles lack that big time and I realy preay it becomes a thing of the bast very soon because very much dangerous teams are certainly coming our way.. Igiebor played below my expectation. Nice game from the team though
posted: 09:11 pm
Musa i wonder how u are highly rate in russia, the way u rush ur ball makes me wonder.
posted: 09:11 pm
Did they shake hands after the game? I mean THE BOSS n THE WHITE DUDE. :)
posted: 09:33 pm
@ZION they shook hands. Now Saintfiet is history and he can humbly go bck 2 belgium.
posted: 09:46 pm
Jsy Jay Okocha should be integrated into the Super Eagles coaching crew to assist Keshi. Yes, beside Siasia, Jay Jay is desperately needed on the Super Eagles coaching bench.

REASONS: The Super Eagles lacks a Spot Kick Specialist. Who is more qualified than Jay Jay to impart this soccer technical wizardry.

The Super Eagles Attacking Midfielders are not yet able to seize control of a game, dictate the pace of a game and or ensure Nigeria's total domination of the midfield. Who is more qualified than Jay Jay to teach the current Super Eagles Midfielders the secrets of enacting these soccers magical acts?

Passes flung around in Nigeria's midfield were so miserable and mediocre, that they could make Jay and Oliseh cringe.

Yes, Siasia and JayJay Okocha should be integrated into the Super Eagles Bench as Coaching Assistants. Keshi should remain the Boss, but Nigeria needs these latter guys.

The Super Eagles need a tested Game Reader. If Tunde Disu who enacted the Miracle of Darman is still into soccer, NFF should integrate him into the Super Eagles Bench to assist with match reading.

We should emulate Brazil, with their large Bench, where there are a lot of Specialists; who are employed to assist the Head Coach..
posted: 09:54 pm
lol a Naijabreed.
In other news, Cape Verde causing a huge upset in Tunisia!
posted: 10:36 pm
"We came with a game plan to hold the Eagles to a goalless draw in the first 45" and then leave them apprehensive in the second half but that didn't work. The goal by Emmanuel Emenike scuttled our plans and made it difficult for my team. But I must admit we lost to a better side and I wish the Super Eagles all the best and hope that they qualify for the World Cup in 2014." - Tom Saintfiet, Malawi coach
kola, us
posted: 10:47 pm
@maradona there is nowhere in the world a coach will teach players on how to play free kicks, penalty or corner kicks, you have to be hungry in enough on your own to learn how to do those things.

There is even no club that does that either, every player that is good in free kicks learnt it on their private time, you have to keep practicing to get it right, in a 5 day camp you cannot do that.

posted: 11:06 pm
I thought the Cape Verde upset is a better news than beating Malawi 2-0. With one man down, Keshi had no clue how to unlock their defence.....

The Great Amodu could not win in Tunis with stars but ordinary Cape Verde went there and got the result. Nigerian coaches would give you excuses for failure.
posted: 02:03 am
This game was not at par with international quality. Watch Costa Rico vs US or Mexico Vs Honduras.

If Keshi doesn't have time to coordinate his team, I see disaster ahead. Limited coordination among the players. What quality Striker misses all those chances? he Flames were a bit scared though they have potential qualities. Yes, a win is a win but, a Continental Champion ought to reflect such honor.

Keshi please watch the video more than once with your team of officials.
posted: 02:25 am
At collynzo, how can you compare Tunisia of Amodu's time with the Tunisia of today that lost 3 nil to CIV and even lost to algeria? Tunisia, obviously is not as strong as before. Current Eagles would knock them out if they are paird with almost easily, 'm sure.
posted: 07:52 am
My brodas, abeg una wartch Obi Mikel?
Mikel is a real footballer, I love you nwanne.
Up Nija for life
posted: 02:19 pm
Nawa, i find it difficult to understand why someone in this forum would be clamouring for siasia to come and work with Keshi to shappen our attack.

@Maradona, is it the same Siasia that his attackers couldn't score goals to take us to the Nations cup. You said we can trust keshi with the defence, why were you not asking asking for Siasia to allow keshi to work with him when Siasia's defence were leaking goals.

Emenike, musa etc has been scoring freely at the clubs, so tell me what will siasia teach them that their clubs have not tought them or aren't teaching them.

such request for siasia or any coach to step should be with the grassroot football when you have to teach them teachniques and skills certainly not with the super eagles. If they can't learn from the respective clubs then trust me they would learn from siasia or any other coach.

Well I respect your comment as it is your personal opinion
posted: 04:58 pm
Thanks @naijabreed, I couldn't watch that part.
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posted: 07:21 pm
Maradona, it's like you're new here, otherwise I don't understand your obsession with Siasia, that name some of us don't want to meddle in this new team. Siasia had his day but proved beyond all doubt that he was not up to it, handling a big team like the Super Eagles. Then you talked about Okocha, please leave football to football managers, Okocha is into managing night club. And I advise you if you are rally serious about Okocha, to recommend him to Caleb Olumenhense, the Governor of Nightshift, the foremost nightclub guru in Nigeria, I think he will teach Okocha how to run a successful night club. The Super Eagles is in capable hands, we don't want to be reminded of 2006.
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