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Nigeria beat Tahiti 6-1 in Fifa Confederations Cup

Posted: 17 June 2013 Time: 22:57

Nnamdi Oduamadi scored a hat-trick as Nigeria opened their FIFA Confederations Cup campaign with a 6-1 drubbing of Tahiti.

Uwa Elderson Echiejile had given the Super Eagles a fifth-minute lead, albeit in fortunate circumstances as his shot took a double deflection before sailing past goalkeeper Xavier Samin.

Oduamadi got his first of the night on 16 minutes, capitalising on a poor pass before slotting past the goalie.

It got worse for the Tahitians just before the half-hour mark when Samin failed to hold onto Ahmed Musa’s tame cross, allowing Oduamadi to tap home.

The African champions had a succession of chances to extend their lead but were wasteful in front of goal as they went into the break 3-0 up.

Tahiti then stunned with their first ever goal at a senior FIFA tournament – Jonathan Tehau rising highest at the back-post to head past Vincent Enyeama, playing in his 81st international.

However, the underdogs’ joy was short-lived when the self-same Tehau put a cross from Oduamadi past his own keeper.

And Oduamadi’s night was to get even better when he completed his hat-trick on 77 minutes; in the process becoming only the second player after Fernando Torres in 2009 to score three goals in one match at the Confederations Cup.

Echiejile put the icing on the cake with a sixth goal ten minutes from time, but coach Stephen Keshi will be concerned by the profligacy in front of goal, as well as some slack moments at the back.

Nigeria next face Uruguay, while Tahiti’s task gets even tougher as they take on world champions Spain.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 12:21 am
The main reasons why people are upset with the game isn't the score line.These naija players have been playing football all their life yet they still play like Primary school children. ..For how long are we going to keep building a team.? These guys have played a lot of games together yet they still play the way they do.There's never going to be a strong team out of this group. ...
the african patriot
posted: 12:21 am
from all FIFA files and online links, it is now a fact that Nigeria's Oduamadi is the first african footballer to score a hatrick in a "senior" football FIFA organized tournament. fellow African patriots lets hail super ODU... isizele...woza AFRICA
posted: 12:25 am
@Oga African Patriot, people like you will make it big time in Journalism. Add that to your seeing some positives, I sabi say u na jolly good fellow. My ppl make una take this news as a heart warmer, make una no despair too much. Shikena
niyi oyedola
posted: 12:27 am
We are just seeing the true reflection of our team please wait till when we meet uruguay and spain then you will understand why some of us criticise Keshi selection especially in the attack. Who is that Ujah guy is that a striker? I ve always known Ideye as a disappointment yet Keshi a big gambler. As for Musa he remind me of Mohammed manga I can't stop laughing.
posted: 12:27 am
Spain is beatable. They could not thrash little Haiti, is us they will thrash? Last time around USA beat them 2-0 in the semi finals. Are these teams more talented than the squad we saw today? No they are not. We have the talent here but they lacked focus today. The Nigerian team needs to approach these matches with the belief they can win. Spain will dominate possesion like they do against everyone else but I'm sure these boys will give it there all. Remember, we play best when they tag us as underdogs.

Uruguay are playing rubbish too. I am not afraid of them. If we play rubbish on Thursday then the more lucky team will win or it will end as a draw.
posted: 12:28 am
All this hate for super eagles. The fact be say this team just arrived and flogged their opponents. I dont care about others. We just need a win against Uruguay and we are through to the semi final. Keep hating and eagles will keep rising
kola, us
posted: 12:31 am
@UZO , if what you are trying to say is that you don,t mean it like that, then i will apologize for the dick thing ( it was used to catch your attention), but you have to understand what you said was in bad taste no matter what the commentator said.

No player deserve that kind of abuse and we do that a lot, that is why i hate all these talk about Mba. There is a way to criticize and abuse or insult is not criticism .
On the Ibo thing , i still ask the question if he's your home boy will you go that far?
It was a good game and you can see that. Spain dominate Uruguay the same way we did to Tahiti , but they manage only 2 goals , if the challenge is good our boys will play to the task. They had on their mind that they were playing secondary school boys,
posted: 12:34 am
@ the african patriot:
I hail oooo. I doubt if this is the first hat-rick. Anyway a Uruguay attacker would be the first to score a double hat-rick in a single game
posted: 12:38 am
@NaijaBros, Why are you wasting your precious time ? The experts will convince us that Spain couldn't trash Haiti ( of all countries ) because they had diarrhea or 'Jedi Jedi' before the match. Spain cannot trash Nigeria, fact.
In fact people don't need to make much noise, in three days time, Nigeria will face Uruguay......mek una save una breathe.
Nigeria will reach semi finals, stay tuned.
posted: 12:40 am
A pathetic showing on the part of our Super Eagles. However we got the job done except for that momentous conceded goal. I trust our boys can shake it off though.

I am not sure about Ujah and Mba.. Time will tell.

Against Uruguay, I hope Keshi starts the following;

Uwa, Omeruo, Oboabona, Ambrose.
Mba, Mikel, Ogu
Musa, Ideye, Oduamadi

We beat Uruguay and more than half the job is done.
posted: 12:43 am
If spain couldnt beat Haiti, I dont see them "trashing" Nigeria. Time to revenge Uruguay for how they cheated our brothers, Ghana.

Up Eagles...Chuks
the african patriot
posted: 12:50 am
come on Naija people.... when the AFCON started, you guyz blasted this team, yet they lifted the trophy that the marthins, odemwingie, kalu uches and obodos could not... and now we smashed a team 6-1 after just arriving brazil 12 hours earlier with very little team cohesion and spirit...yet you guys are still bashing this team..well 4 your information, the super eagles improve steadily with more games and will be out to shock the world... as for Musa, Ideye and Ujah..expect them to come out angrily and smoking hot if Keshi gives them the chance.. WOZA AFRICA
posted: 12:52 am

Yes, if he was from my village I will still be harsh on him. I did not assualt anyone, I merely said he is not a smart player.
I am not the type that likes to insult ppl. Like I said, I ALWAYS buy Musa in my team thats because I love the guy. I am a Musa apologist which is why I am mad at his play today. I wanted him to own that right wing with Moses on the left and Emenike as the CF. That is speed to disturb ANY team.
You misunderstood my reason for being mad at him, its cos I love him and expected more from him. Not because he is NOT igbo or from my Village.
We need to invite better quality players to out worldcup squad.
Ogbonna (from UDINESE Italy I think), Sidney Sam (lverkusen Ger), Aluko (who will be playing in Premier league next season with Hull), just to mention but a few.
posted: 01:04 am
@ UZO Sidney isnt going to play for Nigeria, forget about him. From 1998 to 2010, we only used foreign based players and won nothing. So far keshi has won Nations cup and started brilliantly at Confederations Cup. Why cant we support the team rather than critise the team?
posted: 01:08 am
Spain will beat Tahiti 15 - 0 and Uruguay will beat them 10 - 0
posted: 01:10 am
@ Anonymous

I was a doubter in AFCON and was proven wrong and would love to keep that streak going.
It might not be SIDNEY but you have to agree, the quality needs improvement.
posted: 01:13 am
@UZ0: You are really up to date....
It's a promise in all Africa, Eagles must reign
posted: 01:18 am
@Boyotofa the village Headmaster, are you asleep? Micheal Obi and Sunday Mba were below par today. Will you now accuse us of criticising them because they are Igbo. Tribalists and idiots like have no place in our society.
It's a promise in all Africa, Eagles must reign
posted: 01:18 am
@Boyotofa the village Headmaster, are you asleep? Micheal Obi and Sunday Mba were below par today. Will you now accuse us of criticising them because they are Igbo. Tribalists and idiots like have no place in our society.
posted: 01:19 am
@ UZO, i agree the quality needs to improve but we should celebrate our victories, not just complain every time. I dont expect SE to play like this against Uruguay or Spain. SE will be well rested and actually get the time to study tapes and review their performance. Keshi is a man for big occasions and while i didn't support him in nations cup, I cannot question any of his decisions till proven otherwise. 20 games unbeaten no be beans...
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