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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: 01:19 am
i knew it that this confed cup will open the yansh of keshi and all this medicore players he invites...just becuz he worn the nations cup with the help of victor and emenike he now thinks he has arrived.. by the time uruguay and spain will finish dealing with us,, then useless nff who employed keshi will start having a second thought.. how can a person who calls himself a national team manager be seeing such medicore and useless players like mba, ogude , ujar , ideye , and still be inviting them to the national team..... keshi thanks a lot.. keep playing with our national pride...
posted: 01:29 am
Maybe the inclusion of the likes of JOEL OBI, SONE, EMENIKE, (MAYBE Odemwingie), and Moses will be enough.

I pray we can have these players for World Cup
posted: 01:34 am
@phatwack247..without keshi, Nigeria wouldnt even be at this tournament and for now Nigeria tops the group with the likes of Uruguay and Spain in it..Take your hating somewhere else

@Uzo, i agree joel, haruna(without his red cards), Taiwo(maybe) and emunike should take this team to another level
posted: 01:38 am
anoymous i give keshi a bit part kudos in winning the nations cup but its not entirely of his own making,keep dreaming that nigeria is now toping the group after playing palm wine tapers..are u out of your senses.?.wait till cavani and suarez destroy us on thursday then i will check bk here for u to know whether your senses have come back..keep dreaming till thursday..
posted: 01:40 am
Aluko(hull city),haruna(dynamo kiev),taiwo(ac milan),anichebe(everton) in addition to the the injured moses and emenike eagles will shake the whole world.
It's a promise in all Africa, Eagles must reign
posted: 01:43 am
@charlesbrown, you will need more than that to shake the whole world!
posted: 01:57 am
@phatwack247 So if we beat Uruguay, what will your excuse be? I dont know why a Nigerian or an African will even wish bad for this team. After all the mess this team has been thru the last 48 hrs, am pleasantly surprised they won. Constructive criticism is welcomed but not hurtful destructive bashing of the team without any clear purpose.

Nigeria is on a 20 game winning streak. I expect and hope it continues against Uruguay!
It's a promise in all Africa, Eagles must reign
posted: 02:03 am
@Anonymous, you expect nothing against Uruguay an Spain because they will be definite losses
posted: 02:08 am
@ those that called me names when I said KESHI will destroy our national pride in football. Most of my adversaries in this forum like KOLA NUT "palm kernel ogoguro," santi santi, & Co closely read the comments of most people about this game because it shows a lot about KESHI's selection. This is the first time I have ever seen a team win 6 to 1 with a horrible performance. A lot of the real contenders for worldcup already knows their team and bench, and KESHI is still tethering with his first 11, and CANNOT show us reasonable bench players. Simply put, our football is falling backward, and if this mess is not fixed, it will get worst. Uruguay & Spain games will put KESHI in his place, sacked. NFF has given this guy free hand to select players, and still he can't select the right players.

Players that will soon say bye-bye to SEs along with KESHI are:
Fengor Ogude
Emeka Eze
Gambo Mohammed
Solomon Kwambe
Benjamin Francis
Joseph Akpala
Anthony Ujah
Sunday Mba

Relegated to the bench
Brown Ideye
Nnamdi Oduamadi

Ezekiel Imoh
Sone Aluko
Victor Anichebe
Osa Ebagua
Peter Odemwingie (far better than most rubbish in our present SEs)
Obinna Nsofor
Kalu Uche
Joel Obi
IK Uche
Daniel Adejo
Leon Balogun


Mr. Arrogant and Brainless Stephen KESHI. He has chose to make a fool out of himself by opting for self serving agenda via bribery for selection. It is very clear what is going on and NFF will not hesitate to say bye to him. Nigeria will NOT qualify for WC under KESHI.
posted: 02:19 am
Most guys commenting here are stu.pid and very immature...
Before d match, u guys said Nigeria may not beat tahiti.. Now they have walloped them 6-1, u r nw saying its not enought...
U think tahiti came to watch d stadium?
A team that arrived just a day to a world tournament and then hammered a team dat was first to arrive brazil 6-1, and u ppl are here complaining... Rubbish...
Like i said before.. We will beat tahiti(which we've done already), beat uraguay and draw spain..
If you dnt like my comment, go and kiss a moving train
posted: 02:28 am
@denonso1 I havent seen you write anything positive about this eagles team so you're just a classic hater..What exactly has the home base players achieved for Nigeria from 1998 to 2010 smh. Go sleep, arm chair coach!!
posted: 02:31 am
I respect Keshi and he is a africa champion but i dont know why he is support Mba constantly(the same is case about Uzoeny until he goes in Europe (Rennes)).If Mba goes in Europe,then Keshi will stop invated him.I pray God he will soon go to Europe.God Bless Super Eagles!
kola, us
posted: 02:40 am

A lot of fans see these team as half empty, while very few us sees the team as half full.
We played
2-2 against mexico
1-0 against Kenya
drew 1-1 against Namibia
6-1 today against Tahiti.
2wins and 2 draws , scored 10goals and 5 against.
All in all not a bad 2wks, the most important part TO ME is that my team is now on prime time, we are watching the Eagles regularly without searching for sites all over the place. A lot of people forgot that during Siasia it was tough to see these team play.
I appreciate the interest of all people, but so many fans are not enjoying the games because all they want to talk about is their faults. If you are a true fan and not pretending to be one, you see beyond the commentaries of a commentator that have sympathy for the under-dog. When the Eagles were not winning the criticisms were not as much as this, but why now?
The team today seems tired more than Tahiti, and it really has been a tough 2 wks, and i think players like Ideye should be excused to go home for a long season or come off the bench. The defense is still playing well, but needs some help.
The offense is missing it's bite, a lot of new faces created by injury, and they are not yet at par with the ist team,
The bench is the bench , if they are that good they will ask for a starter shirt, it just happened that the bench is playing most of the matches now.

All of these fair- weather fans have being warning us about doom since december and this is june, and i think is about time the become a believer, because the rest of us have accepted these team and looking forward to greater things
posted: 02:41 am
@Denonso no one has told u the truth nw I will, u are a stupid empty headed fool who knows nttn about football, jst hatred dats all u potray.. The truth is bitter
Asernal 4 ever----Amen.
posted: 03:32 am
Viva "Super Eagles" Viva....Long Live "Keshi" Long live...Africa is behind u boys.
posted: 05:08 am
Congratulations to the Super Eagles of Nigeria. Success against the Uruguan team.
posted: 06:00 am
Hrkireks: "I respect Keshi and he is a africa champion but i dont know why he is support Mba constantly(the same is case about Uzoeny until he goes in Europe (Rennes)).If Mba goes in Europe,then Keshi will stop invated him.I pray God he will soon go to Europe.God Bless Super Eagles!"

Hrkireks, lovely comment. Simply lovely. I never looked at it that way. Henceforth, lets start wishing earnestly for Mba to get a club in Europe...fast. Lol.
posted: 06:12 am
For those of you insulting the players...probably you have never played the round leather game before.. These guys barely have enough time to adjust before the game not minding all the drama that took place before their travel to Brazil. let's judge them after the Uruguay game.
posted: 06:28 am
Keshi as a coach is not bad. I appreciate consistency for people in power. However, I only criticize his recent team selections. Why carry a bench you know ain't gonna play. Sincerely speaking, analyzing the games Nigeria has played this year with nations cup matches included, no team has dominated Keshi's team. Some people will argue that, Kenya, Namibia and Tahiti are not good teams to use to judge your performance.
The only problem with Keshi is selection. I think his approach to sticking out for so many home based players is weakening some depts. in the team. Keshi would not play them AT ALL.
I hope after confeds, he starts inviting other players in Europe especially to contest for Mba's position. Maybe that would make him increase his output in games.

BUT to sack Keshi is not the right step to take. He has done well
kgamosha la masodoma
posted: 06:52 am
Romario n Ronaldo also scored three goals in one cofederation cup 1997 final Brazil-Australia game
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