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Posted: 1 May 2011 Time: 08:57

After a nervy start, Nigeria’s Under-23 national team came from a goal down to beat Liberia 6-1 in the Nigerian mid western city of Benin. 

Edet Ibok and Solomon Okpako were the biggest culprits in the early minutes giving out balls to the opponents even when unchallenged.

One of those mistimed passes by Okpako was intercepted and Arche Harvey was then brought down in the box by Ibok and the referee wasted no time pointing to the spot for a penalty kick that was converted by Patrick Wreh.

Three minutes later, Ekigho Ehiosun was brought down in the Liberian box and a penalty was called.

Chima Uchechi stepped up to slot home and draw level for Nigeria.

Solomon Okpako was promptly taken off for Ganiyu Oseni and the Nigerian side began to play with more purpose probably realizing what was at stake.

With three minutes left for half time, Nnamdi Oduamadi who had been tormentor in chief on the Nigerian side, left three defenders gasping for breath and he fired home to the top right corner of the post beating a hapless Nathaniel Sherman in goal for Liberia.

With a minute left to play before the break, Nosa Igiebor’s long range pass freed Ehiosun but he was pulled down by the keeper after he made his way past and the referee called a penalty for Nigeria that was converted by Igiebor.

At the start of the 2nd half, it was Ekigho Ehiosun who showed he wanted it more and his passing, positioning, control and shooting was top notch.

In the 49th minute, Ehiosun found space outside the Liberian box, stormed past his marker and laid on for Ganiyu Oseni who blasted home from close range.

Osas Okoro replaced Danny Uchechi for Nigeria and with 9 minutes left on the clock, it was another Ehiosun assist as he got a pass from Ikhande who had just come in for Oduamadi and Ehiosun zoomed past his marker and found Oseni in the box again who blasted in his brace.

With scores at 5-1 the fans at the stadium started crying for more but it was the Liberians who almost pulled one back as Kpah Sherman found space in Nigeria’s area and tried to chip Dele Ajiboye in Nigeria’s goal but he stepped back to punch clear.

With the stadium gates thrown open and fans beginning to leave, Nosa Igiebor went on a solo effort, going past three defenders before blasting in from outside the box, a curling shot that beat the goalkeeper for Nigeria’s 6th of the day.

Full time scores had it at 6-1 and 7-2 on aggregate as the game in Monronvia ended 1-1.  

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:14 am
Good job guys, we're very proud of you but pls don't let the next opponent score first to remind you that it's a competition, it just might backfire sometimes but anyway... Kudos to you guys.
God no be pikin !
posted: 09:25 am
Seems eguavon' s h
posted: 09:27 am
Now its Nigeria VS guys i will support you in prayer so that you can make thousands of us in Ghana proud again just like Siasia and his soilder did during the Beijing Olympic qualifier with players like Obinna Nsofor shining like a million star,despite the presence of Asamoah Gyan and Prince Tegoe in the Black Meteors.
posted: 09:28 am
Seems eguavoen' boys are now coming of age. Congrats to the dream team.

posted: 09:43 am
Looks like Ghana is in trouble.....with all the downslide going on with Ghana....Nigeria have mercy
Billion Original
posted: 09:50 am
Thank God for the victories!
What time is the Flying Eagles playing today?

Billion Original
Omo 9ja
posted: 09:59 am
Welldone Under-23 national team. Hope our u-20 team will make us proud today, i know it's won't be an easy match but with God, all things are possible and i believe in God that the cup its long to 9ja. Please guys, it's any link for todays final match between Nigerian vs Cameroon. God bless Nigeria!
posted: 10:02 am
2pm nigeria time
posted: 10:09 am
Mali vs. Egypt - 11 am Nigeria Time. Nigeria vs. Cameroon - 2 pm Nigeria time. PEACE!
posted: 10:25 am
This is the worst match reports ever. It lacks so many things. Mr collins you need to improve please.
Pls peepz what is the kick off time of todays match. (NIGERIA TIME).
posted: 11:22 am
this Mr Collins, it take you two day or more before you give us reports, i think you are not serious with your job, i must tell you, please sit up, don't allow us to wait too long before you give us reports, for some of us who are far from African, we don't have any means to watch the game, i must thank all of you who give us match update when the game is going on, well done guys, keep it up
posted: 11:57 am
Kick off Mali Vs Egypt
posted: 12:00 pm
Kick off Mali Vs Egypt
posted: 12:02 pm
Kick off Mali Vs Egypt
posted: 12:14 pm
I saw the match live in Benin and would say that they left quite an impression on me.I was happy to see Edet Ibok especially in the second half come into the game to assert himself. I also thought that Kingsley Udoh was fantastic. Solomon Okpako had his off day. The worst match that i have seen him play in his football career, right from when he was a Kid.I knew him since he was a kid in the streets of Benin and never seen him play that badly. I must particularly say that Ehiosun Ekigho has shown why he is so rated by Siasia. His power, runs, positioning were excellent.Wish he scored.He had 4 assists, that is a powerful returns from a powerful striker.NNAMDI ODUAMADI was the most brilliant on the field of Play.If You are being paid by AC Milan , then you should show it, and he did not disappoint one single bit. His looks and stature are very deceptive, that guy has a killer instinct.His goal can be described in one word, SUPERB! NOSA IGIEBOR is Nigeria's best football player at the moment. He knows exactly what to do when he has the ball, he was way above the rest, only Oduamadi and Ehiosun can even come near but not that close.Igiebor should be encouraged. Siasia , here is an attacking midfielder who can score goals. he comes and help out in the defense. It was only goal keeping that he did not do yesterday. By and large they all played well, but Ehiosun, Oduamadi and Igiebor were the best .Siasia please take note. There is light at the end of the tunnel for Nigerian football.Kudos KICKOFF, your report was spot on!
posted: 12:22 pm
@kepler nice article bro .i am so happy to read that since you said you were there live at the question is can they defeat the black Meteors of Ghana?because i will also be at the stadium too to cheer them to victory.and i am sure the stadium will be feel to the brim by thousands of Nigerian here all over Ghana.
posted: 12:25 pm
posted: 12:45 pm
Coach Obuh, watch those Cameroonians today. They play rough and tackle hard to intimidate opponents. Its their style and that’s why it seems they always beat us. Our players need not fear them in that manner. They are not more skillful than us, we might just be too intimidated by their style (hard tackles).
No wonder their players get red cards in every league abroad.
posted: 12:48 pm
Congrat guys! You always make us proud. Your winning will be an inspiration to the flying eagles against cameroon. Up naija 4 lyf.
posted: 12:52 pm
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