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Nigeria's Olympic team crush Equatorial Guinea

Posted: 26 March 2011 Time: 20:58

Nigeria's Olympic team cruised to a 5-0 win over Equatorial Guinea in the opening match of their 2012 Olympic qualifier in Benin on Saturday. 

Lillestrom's Nosa Igiebor plucked a brace, Ekigho Ehiosu scored on a second debut and Haruna Lukman could afford to miss a second half penalty after scoring in the first half.

Faced with five full internationals on the Ethiopia side, including their national team first choice goalkeeper, Eguavoen started with a side chock-full of Europe-based players.

The home side needed a big win to start their campaign on the right footing, and they did not disappoint.

Odion Ighalo, much-maligned after a poor World Youth Championship two years ago in Egypt, showed he had put all that behind him, as he opened the scoring after just 20 minutes.

Lukman followed soon after, making a late arrival into the box to apply a simple finish after dinking past one defender.

Nosa Igiebor made it three soon after and wasn’t long before he crashed in his second, and Nigeria's fourth.

When the impressive Nnamdi Oduamadi won a penalty with his trickery, Lukman could have made it five, but skied his penalty.

But Ehiosu, who scored on his Super Eagles debut, showed he could be equally impressive at a lower level, and put additional gloss on a comfortable scoreline with minutes left.

The second leg comes up in two weeks time. 

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:04 pm
Is this our new dream team?
posted: 09:15 pm
Keep it up boys
posted: 09:26 pm
Ghana will destroy this "dream" team with ten men at your own backyard even in eguavon's own bedroom
posted: 09:30 pm
Please, dont destroy us cos we are no match for golden team. We will wash your jerseys and clean your boots
posted: 09:32 pm
With the superb performance by Eguavoen's team, especially the Edo boys. I guess the Under 23 team should just adopt Benin City as their home base; at least for now. A cheering and encouraging home crowd can seriously psyche players up, elevate a players self esteem and boost morale.

Well done boys.
posted: 09:34 pm
good result keep it boys little or later nigeria shall rise again to dominate african football onece again ,,see as egypt dey punnish southafrican 4 there house what a good match to watch sa0-egypt0
posted: 09:41 pm
good result and keep it up boys sooner or later nigeria shall dominate african football once again ,,see as egypt dey punnish southafrican 4 there own house what a match to watch sa0-egypt0
posted: 09:54 pm
Congrats to Eguavoen for such an impressive winning start. I hope he continues in this way. This win now challenges Siasia's SE to replicate this impressive winning start. Looks like the future of Nigerian football is beginning to shine once more, but then it is still early days.

Haruna should no longer be the main penalty taker. He keeps losing penalties and doesn't seem to take it serious
objective bibby
posted: 10:18 pm
@ Bomb, Dirty or Clean419 or whatever is ur name, did u know ur Ghana U23 team lost right here in Accra today?
Peter Garry
posted: 10:21 pm
Want the dvd of Nig vs Eq.Gunea contact me on petergarry1974@gmail.com
posted: 10:25 pm
work in progress........thats a good news,right done guys
@Dirty419,clean419,Bomb and other ghanian bastards,shame to u all......ghana must go,useless shoe shiners.u hatenaija but u come to naija for security jobs,less privileged idiots called ghanians
eagles will keep flying higher and higher above the enemies
posted: 10:27 pm
4rm my own point,i tnk U23 boys are delight to watch...they are wounderful...less i 4get,don't praise a nigeria player dat much hmmm.Up Nigeria...Down d enem...eg Foolish GHANIANS.PLS HELP ME CHECK D SPELLING OF GHANA IF ITS CORECT CUZ I HATE DAT COUNTRY SO MUCH.DEY SMELL
posted: 10:29 pm
4rm my own point,i tnk U23 boys are delight to watch...they are wounderful...less i 4get,don't praise a nigeria player dat much hmmm.Up Nigeria...Down d enem...eg Foolish GHANIANS.PLS HELP ME CHECK D SPELLING OF GHANA IF ITS CORECT CUZ I HATE DAT COUNTRY SO MUCH.DEY SMELL
posted: 10:30 pm
@panel, who let them loose again? The fact is once you let those alsatian Ghanaian dogs loose it could be difficult to cage them again! I must billion for this
posted: 10:31 pm
Dream team carry go over to SIA 1
21 Guns Salute
posted: 10:45 pm
@Luise-hero stop celebrating it's Bafana 1 and Egypt 0. Go eat a big piece of humble pie.
posted: 10:55 pm
So upon their big mouth,small sudan go accra go ghana go beat them.shame bad belle people.naija 4 life.
objective bibby
posted: 10:57 pm
Sudan shock woeful Ghana in Olympic Games qualifiers
Last Updated: Saturday, 26 March 2011, 12:46 GMT

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Ghana's chances of progressing in the 2012 London Olympics qualifiers hangs by a thread losing 0-1 to Sudan at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday.

A 92nd minute goal by substitute Martin Wani Khamees dented the hopes of the 1992 Bronze medalists.

El Nour Osman Ahmed broke down the right flank and entered the box before delivering a pass across the face of Ghana’s goal for Khemees to slide in with the connection.

Sudan looked lively on the day and could have rattled in more goals.

The first half was a meandering encounter which failed to produce any highlights but the Black Meteors on two occasions made incursions but a sterile attack force by pair Kabiru Imoro and Bismark Idan could not find the back of the net.

After the break, El Nour Osman Mohammed failed to punish Ghana by shooting feebly into the hands of goalkeeper Joe Addo on 67 minutes.

It was Ghana’s turn to reply in the 71st minute but left-back Francis Larbi’s header missed target narrowly from a header inside the box.

Five minutes later, Sudan’s Martin Wani Khamees made a surprise miss after a break by the set-up only to shoot wide.

On 89 minutes Ghana substitute Wahab Yahaya had an opportunity to give the Black Meteors the opener but he too miss fluffed his line upfront.

Ghana face a daunting task to advance in the eliminators in the return leg fixture in a fortnight.


Joseph Addo-Tijani Joshua/Mohammed Sabato, Francis Larbi, Edward Kpodo, Elias Ankrah, Samuel Afum, Bright Nsiah, Kabiru Imoro/Wahab Yahaya, Bismark Idan, Larbi Coomson/Gladson Awako.

Subs: Daniel Agyei, Mohammed Sabato, Daniel Gyamfi, Theophilus Appoh, Gladson Awako, Emmanuel Baffour, Yahaya Wahab

Sudan: El Khair Musa Muner, Kamal Suliman Amir, Saed Osman Abdel, Hamid Nassir, El Hag Hassan El Taher, Abd El Moem Marhoum Mohammed, Agar Shareif, Abdalla Adam Ahmed, Ali Maki ElRayah, El Nour Osman Mohammed.

Source: Ghanasoccernet

posted: 11:31 pm
@dirty419,Ghana must go,Ghana poeple are trapped in Ghadafi land,pls tell ur government to go and help thousands of them in libyan desert,Ghana must go
posted: 11:56 pm
21YRS old Nigeria Kennedy Ugoala Nwanganga who currently plays for Leading Belgian Clubside RC Genk told Micheal Oye,a Belgian football scout that he is set to appear for Finnish side.The scout who formerly introduced Marvin Ogunjimi to Nigeria Football Federation contacted the player during the week when the news came about the highly rated young attacking midfielder player to turn to finnish side,Micheal told our correspondent that he was about to introduce the player who scored a fantastic goal for Genk against Standard Liege to Augustine Eguavoen side,but the player who currently hold Finland passport is not showing interest in turning for Nigeria.
According to Micheal Oye,more consultation is still going on and i have an appointement with the players manager to convince him further.................
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