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Nigeria win WAFU Cup

Posted: 18 April 2010 Time: 20:31

Midfielders Reuben Gabriel and Solomon Okpako celebrated their call-ups to the Nigeria World Cup squad with second half goals that helped Nigeria win the WAFU Cup title on Sunday and ease the pain of failure to qualify for the African Nations Championship.

Reuben took advantage of being allowed acres of space in the Senegalese box to head in Ikechukwu Ibenegbu's tasty delivery from a free-kick, and Okpako finished off a sweeping counter-attack with three minutes of time left.

Overwhelming favourites to win the tournament after having beaten the Senegalese during the group stages, the Nigerians took some time to settle into the game, as the Teranga Lions poured forward in the opening minutes.

But the Super Eagles gained composure as the game progressed and gradually worked their way into the encounter, with Ahmed Musa a threat down the wide areas and Ibenegbu outstanding in his creative midfield role.

But despite their dominance, the Nigerians failed to find a goal in the first half, with ThankGod Ike's header cleared off the line the best chance of the half.

All that was to change barely five minutes into the second half. Musa streaked down the left side with intent, and had to be hauled down for a free-kick. Ibenegbu's delivery was inch-perfect and Gabriel must have been as surprised as anyone when he found himself with acres of real estate two yards out.

That did not stop him from heading in for Nigeria's opener.

The goal sparked the Lions into life and a five-minute spell of sustained pressure was only rebuffed by some desperate defending from the hosts.

All that was to prove academic when substitutes Chinedu Ezimorah and Ejike Uzoenyi combined to set up arriving skipper Okpako for the simplest of tap-ins and wrap up the win.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 08:37 pm
Up naija home base super Eagles,up Aamokachi God bless naija,good development here we start.
posted: 08:58 pm
Where is my Ghana friend that predicted Ghana 3 Nigeria 0? Shame to you! Well done eagles. Players need to play together so as to blend well before they can perform well and win matches, this is what the NFF should know. They should stop the fire brigade approach that they usually and normally use. It was this fire brigade approach that made the eagles lose to Niger. Once again, well done boys or men.
GoodLuck Jonathan
posted: 09:13 pm
Good work Amokachie...The team should bi kept 2geda 4 beta blendin, bocs itsa now obvious dat that was wht dey lacked wen dey played Niger Republic. Then more quality players should bi added n they should bi exposed 2 overseas friendly games as Super Eagles; this will definately keep the likes of yakubu n olofinjana @ their best...
posted: 09:15 pm
Beginning of good things to come in Jesus name. God bless my beloved country.Congratulations!
posted: 09:18 pm
This team would have destroyed Niger Republic home and away. But we give God all the glory.
posted: 09:47 pm
There we Go! Smashing start! With this performance, the Overseas-based players will now step up their game. This very group of players should be kept together and properly blended so that we will have a big pool to pick from when the so-called pros falter. Given chances, these home-based players will mouth-wateringly grab it!why not?
posted: 09:51 pm
Good job well delivered. How i wish it was this team that play against niger.any way we thankgod.congrat NIGERIA.
posted: 10:13 pm

Its such a really good feeling Our Eagles finally win something !!! _______And Prouve KEN-GADAFI's DAD (((Amodu))) W-R-O-N-G.

Amodu, What have you got to say to this? ....useless cow.

---training materia my a double s

posted: 10:15 pm
Chai! see our boys sugar cane legs. Clubs must learn to feed their players properly. They are the ones who'll benefit. Anyway, nice one Amokachi this is the most orsganised SE I have seen coached by a local coach. And throw in every name you like in there.
posted: 10:22 pm
At least Amokachi proved that he's better than Amodu. Let me not hear that Amodu brought this team together. Cuz it was purely Amokachi's team. Yes, even if they're the Home team, they have clarified their name after missing out on the other cup.
Congratulations my dear nation. I hope Larger gives some of these guys a chance to make us Proud at the World cup.
posted: 10:25 pm
i celebrate. Well done. if only we can develope from this
posted: 11:05 pm
pls cn some one tell me the name of that tall guy there...wat is his name , and which club does he play 4?
posted: 11:07 pm
@yinka and promo...GOD bless u two for that
posted: 11:10 pm
people like ken queen wont come now to congratulate the team becos their god father was not involved...wait until we lose then u see them emerge from obsurity......nonsense!!!!
posted: 12:28 am
Okey, don't mind them. But the thing is , even if they come to say anything, the Home Team already have a record to be proud of.So whatever those two blind Amodu supporters have to say(write), would not matter.
posted: 12:57 am
Defeating senegal at the final, proves to the that this boys are great.
posted: 01:02 am
billion i need your comment of this result because i know if mumudu is the one that achieve this feat you will be the first person to make a comment.@moneyman now what do you have to say about amokachi's coaching ability?i need your comment immediately,up eagles
posted: 01:04 am
billion i need your comment on this result because i know if mumudu is the one that achieve this feat you will be the first person to make a comment.@moneyman now what do you have to say about amokachi's coaching ability?i need your comment immediately,up eagles
posted: 01:05 am
@oke i owe u 1 bottle but u 4got 2 mention their leader billion. i wonda if dis people ever wants d success of dis country. wether una like am or not 9ja 4 success. wishin d coach and lads luck and success. hailings 2 every.
posted: 01:17 am
Well done the REAL Super Eagles. I wish more of these boys got called up to the World Cup squad!
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