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Nigeria smash Ethiopia for 4

Posted: 27 March 2011 Time: 22:19

The Super Eagles handed Samson Siasia his first competitive win with an emphatic 4-0 victory over the Walya Antelopes on Sunday.

Nigeria took Ethiopia to the cleaners to raise their hopes of qualification for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, with braces from Peter Utaka and Ikechukwu Uche.

The goals from Peter Utaka and just-returned-from-injury striker Ikechukwu Uche were all that the Super Eagles needed to maintain their race for a ticket after Madagascar held Group B leaders Guinea to a 1-1 draw in Antananarivo in an early game.

Victor Anichebe set up Utaka to slot into the Ethiopians’ net in the first minute of the game. It was a goal that calmed the nerves of the home team after their top strikers were put on the bench.

Nigeria went on to miss many chances through Utaka, Anichebe, Ahmed Musa, Joel Obi and Taye Taiwo in the first half.

Utaka doubled the lead of the home team on 53 mins as he rounded the Ethiopian goalkeeper to send the stadium into raptures.

Substitute Uche stabbed home the third goal on 77 mins after great work from fellow sub Osaze Odemwingie to ensure that the Ethiopians could not find their way back into the game.

The introduction of both Odemwingie and Uche for both front men Anichebe and Utaka enlivened the Nigerian frontline as the game wore on. It countered the attack of the Antelopes that was led by the energetic Tikru Tefera.

However, Uche scored his second of the night from a screaming shot at injury time to cap a glorious return to the Eagles after more than a year out.

Nigeria now have six points, one behind leaders Guinea as the race for the group ticket hots up.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:27 pm
Wait until you meet the big guns. After all any average team can hammer ethiopia for 5 at home
posted: 10:28 pm
Good score, the team needs our support though they put out a dis-jointed performance.Hope the ugly nature of the Abuja stadium is from my internet connection!
posted: 10:29 pm
mr colins or anybody in this forum can just put this game highlight on youtube or sumtin ..... i personally miss this match and i knw sum pple too doesnt hav d priviledge to watch dis match.... pls do asap... up 9ja! up SE!
posted: 10:30 pm
posted: 10:30 pm
UCHE should be our number 1 striker, we have to get to the final of the 2012 nations cup that shud be our mandate

up eagles
posted: 10:30 pm
i have alaways know that ike uche is gono be the new kanu
posted: 10:31 pm
Up eagles!
posted: 10:33 pm
The first 45min wasn't too good, but the second was good. Keep it up 'new super eagles'
posted: 10:34 pm
sia1 has eventualy shame is critics abeg oooh mak una helep mi put de match 4 youtube ooh ha watching nijja match abroad is realy fustrating ,well thanks to everyone who never allow us to mis a single update of today match GOD bless you guys mr udo i dont understand you and your kickoffnija no update from you na waooh
posted: 10:35 pm
Please house, where are those screaming that Sia sia called up Ike Uche and that he was not fit yet even when he opened his goal soring account at his club.
I tell u, even half fit Ike Uche could be better than any in-form super eagles striker. I wished he was at the world cup...... we could have been in the quater finals.
posted: 10:37 pm
Cryingshame or what you call your self, you are a shame.
posted: 10:37 pm
congratulations Nigeria! Eagles are flying high! Siaone is the man. See the excellent substitution that livened up the match.
posted: 10:38 pm
Congrats Super Eagles and Siaone.

It is disappointing that most of us did not watch the match. As a result, I cannot comment on it. However, the result is great for Nigeria and for the team that is "work in progress".

Keep the good result going.
posted: 10:39 pm
A very satisfying result from my point of view. Guys, let's look at it this way; when was the last time our own dear Super Eagle hit any team for 4? This is definitely all we've all been asking and praying for all along. My people, make we enjoy dis one o. I throw salute to all.
posted: 10:39 pm
it is a nice result.but there is still a lot of work to be done on d team.
posted: 10:42 pm
What an impressinve display by my beloved Super Eagles! My assessment is that we are definitely on the upswing, the way the guys went after the ball was encouraging. It is unusual in recent yrs to see guys chasing opponents after they lose the balls but this happened all game long. Ahmed Musa is a revelation although he has to work on his headers, he easily had 2 goals from free headers, Joel + Mikel combo in the middle is exciting, with the way they switched back and forth from DM to OM, I loved it. Uche, what else can I say, he came in and scored twice with the second, our 4th, probably being the goal of the young yr for Nigeria. John Utaka had an impressive outing ( shout out to SARAH, who clamoured for his inclusion) the defensive line was organized except for a couple of lapses that were well covered in recovery. The goalie did not have much to do, but almost let one slip through a fumbled catch. I especially loved the inside-out-inside move of the attack, a far cry from what we have been force fed all these years by that idiot Amodu. All in all an impressive performance. It could easily had been 8-0... but 4-0 is a scoreline I have dreamt of since the glory days of the 90's. Thank you Siasia!


posted: 10:42 pm
Congrats to Siasia and the SE. Even though it was not a breathtaking performance, but it was good enough. They also created numerous clear cut chances, which is is a clear improvement.

My overall comments:
The midfield combo of Mikel and Joel was mobile, and not bad offensively. However, defensively they did not have much to do, hence difficult to see how effective they would defensively.
More work needs to be done in the defence though. Efe Ambrose was jittery and error prone. The two attackers (Utaka and Anichebe) are yet to forge an understanding. I guess Siasia is still looking for a strike force in that department. Obinna Nsofor wasn't really sure what role he was to play (he was neither effective as a wideman nor as a left sided striker). Ahmed Musa still needs more time to mature in that role, but his work rate is quite high, and his off the ball movement is commendable. He gets himself into positions quite well.

Easily, the best performer on the pitch was Joel Obi
posted: 10:43 pm
@Cryingshame,Please tell me why are talking like this?? that is the beginning of rebuiding for our Eagles.For me it's a good start,i didn't see the match but the essential is only the victory, FULL STOP. Please moderate your commentary for Gode sake, SE O GBO???
posted: 10:45 pm
Post Match ****ysis

Overall, a good attack-minded result. However our midfield and defense is to open. There is no genuine ball winner in the team. I can see SiaSia Is trying to emulate Barca's high pressure game, but it needs to be done collectively by the whole team, not just one or two players at a time.

The goal keep had a minor spill but apart from that done okay.
The right back did his defensive duties well,and bombed forward when given the chance. Our central defensive pairing needs to be worked on, as ambrose and yobo got in eachothers way often, and they both kept giving possession away cheaply. Taiwo was his usual self, very solid, took no nonsense and remained a constant threat going forward.

Moreover, Joel Obi and mikel Obi Dictated the game whilst in possession and created alot of chances for our attackers, a lot of through ***** were evident in this match. however When we did not have possesion our midfield looked slighlty open.although it was Best performance i have seen from mikel in years. Our right winger ahmed musa was simply to fast for the opposing team, they could not handle him- definately one for the future & obinna performed to a decent standard, but i expected a bit more from him, with his recent west ham form.

Upfront we started with anichebe who played the 'heskey role' and bullied the ethiopians upfront with his physical presence. I dont think he will score many goals in his eagles career, but he likes to do the dirty work up front so its imperative he is paired with a clinical striker in order for him to make the cut. P.Utaka was the other striker, although he scored two goals, i have huge doubts over him, whilst in possesion he was very poor, and could not even hold the ball up. I do not believe he is eagles standard. Simply does not have the pace, required to be in siasias eagles.

Odemwingie was a sub, Performed well , played very patriotically and was a like a rodent to the other team

Ike Uche was the second sub, and came back with a bang, with two goals. One was a poachers goal, and the other was a swereving 30 yard striker. Eagles most skilfull player in my opinion.

Kalu uche was the last sub. I do not think there is a place for him in our 4-4-2 formation, he is to slow to be a winger & is not an out and out striker. He came on for joel, and our midfield was absent. His eagles days are numbered unless we change formation.

Players that shinned :
Joel obi
Ike uche
Mikel Obi
Ahmed musa

Players that were below par:
Efe Ambrose
Peter utaka
posted: 10:46 pm
Please house, where are those screaming that Sia sia called up Ike Uche and that he was not fit yet even when he opened his goal soring account at his club.
I tell u, even half fit Ike Uche could be better than any in-form super eagles striker. I wished he was at the world cup...... we could have been in the quater finals.
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