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Match report: Nigeria beat Ethiopia with two penalties from Victor Moses

Posted: 29 January 2013 Time: 21:23

Nigeria are through to the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals, after a 2-0 win over Ethiopia in their final Group C match on Tuesday.

Victor Moses scored twice from the penalty spot in the last 10 minutes to send the Super Eagles through.

Nigeria ended in second in Group C, after Burkina Faso and Zambia drew 0-0.

The Super Eagles dominated the first half, as has come to be expected this tournament, but again were unable to make their possession count.

They created plenty of chances, but were not able to turn those opportunities into goals.

Luckily for Nigeria, Ethiopia were as unconvincing in front of goal, creating just one half-chance in the first half, when Saladin Said sent a free header wide of the target.

Efe Ambrose could have headed home from a free-kick early in the match, but sent the ball over the crossbar.

Shortly after, Ikechukwu Uche headed wide after a free-kick from Moses, and a few minutes later Elderson Echiejile forced a save from Ethiopian keeper Sisay Bancha, with a header from a corner.

Just before half-time Kenneth Omeruo had the best chance of the half, as the ball fell at his feet after some confusion in the box, but the defender shot over the bar from close range.

After the restart Omeruo was back in the thick of things, this time with a header on goal, but – again – it went just over the bar.

10 minutes from time Moses was pulled down inside the box by Alula Girma, and coolly converted the spot-kick to put the Nigerians 1-0 up.

Five minutes later Moses went on the counter-attack, and was brought down by Sisay Bancha in the box. The keeper was shown his second yellow card and dismissed.

Ethiopia had made all three of their substitutions, and Addis Hintsu had to take the gloves for Moses’ second penalty. He went the right way, but the ball hit the back of the net and sealed the victory for Nigeria.

 

Previous comments on this story...

kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK
posted: 10:05 pm
@TEAM NIGERIA
I AM GOING TO MAKE IT NICE FOR YOU!!!!!NIGERIA IS THE BEST TEAM IN THE WORLD WHO WILL WIN AFCON 2013 AND GO ON AND WIN BRAZIL 2014.THEY ARE FAR MUCH BETTER THAN MY BELOVED BAFANA BAFANA THOUGH EVERYONE SAW THAT THERE WAS A BROWN ENVELOPE.

MIKEL IS 21,EMENIKE16.ENYEMA,23 INFACT ALL YOUR TEAM IS MADE UP OF ALL UNDER 23 PLAYERS.
Soccernutters
posted: 10:21 pm
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1) A sensible person like "Jomo Sono Wase Orlando!!!!!\"
2) a compound fool like \"####### kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK\"

Jomo Sono Wase Orlando! You are absolutely right about your comments on what you believe the NFF should do. We have the best youth football system in Africa but it seems that they are not trickling through into the senior team. To strengthen your point, the real problem with Nigerian football is the hiring and firing of football coaches.

Siasia should have been given a chance to prove himself. The Super eagles were scoring goals when he was in charge. The reason why Westerhof and Jo Bonfere were successful was because they were in the job for years. If your team is going through a transition period, you must have a coach for the long haul.

“Mr i have aids kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK,” it seems you are not happy with life. I don’t know if your parents were killed during the struggle of apartheid or indeed if you are riddled with HIV,

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lastairbender
posted: 10:31 pm
soccernuter, i dont think that fellow even have one. is just frustrated.
Lord Vincent
posted: 10:36 pm
Ethiopia! Hold your heads up high! Even though you only got one point with negative 6 goal difference, you endeared yourself to me and for that no amount of failure can make me not to be proud of you.

From the aesthetics of your play to the passion of your sons and they beauty of your daughters. You are on the right path. Learn from them!
mmdshakur
posted: 10:39 pm
We Nigerians should not deceive ourselves. this keshi team is nothing but a disgrace to Nigeria football. What kind of a team is this? no creativity, no tactics, they could not play a free flow football, no accurate passes, they could not create a decent chance to score..what a shame to Nigeria football.
Anonymous
posted: 10:44 pm
That \"####### kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK" is a complete nuisance. His father and Mother must be highly insane... and the product of their union is this sick insane \"####### kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK". Thats the only thing I have to say about him.. for I have already placed a curse on him, his family and future generation. As for keshi or whatever he says his name is, he should leave Nigerian football alone. He should resign or get booted.. Bastard
Anonymous
posted: 10:47 pm
Simply put, this is the worst Eagles performance I have seen. These guys are useless. Slyman
Soccernutters
posted: 10:48 pm
anonymous i agree with you. We cant score goals to save our own lives
Fireman
posted: 11:02 pm
Nigeria and Ivory Coast both stand a 50/50 chance of progressing to the semis. Mark my words, Naija will rise to the occasion. We play according to our opponents, which is our biggest weakness and also our biggest strength. When we play weak teams, we play bad. When we play strong teams, we play well. Strong teams usually defeat us by only a 1-goal margin in tournaments. Check the records. Ivory Coast will not demolish us, I guarantee that.
Anonymous
posted: 11:08 pm
That \"####### kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK" is a complete nuisance. His father and Mother must be highly insane... and the product of their union is this sick insane \"####### kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK". Thats the only thing I have to say about him.. for I have already placed a curse on him, his family and future generation. As for keshi or whatever he says his name is, he should leave Nigerian football alone. He should resign or get booted.. Bastard
Futbol-Aficionado
posted: 11:11 pm
Where is Zion 2 and all those block-headed morons who came on this site to run their foul mouth over my honest perception of Keshi and his weak team? I want to reiterate what I said in some of my previous postings: Keshi has proved to be the worst thing that happened to the Super Eagles in recent times as far as coaching goes. It is just obvious that he lacks what it takes to coach our great team.

He has weakened our team; killed the esteem of Super Eagles and is on the course to 'temporarily' close the door for better qualified indigenous coaches to handle the Super Eagles. But, that, we will stoutly resist. Keshi was a great player and captain of our team. But, not so much as a coach judging by his records which continues to mount. He has passion for this game. But, passion alone is not enough to transform a former great player into a Jose Murinho who didn't even play the game. So, coaching is a completely different ball game.

The politics and corruption in NFF MUST stop if Nigeria must reclaim its glorious days. It was stupid politics mired in cronyism and camaraderie that led to the unpopular removal of Samson Siasia (who by the way had the support of the vast majority of Nigerians not withstanding the fiasco of 2012 AFCON qualification) and the enthronement of Keshi. Siasia headed the nation and Super Eagles in the right direction. He promised attacking football; and Nigerians got it beyond measures. He brought some discipline into the team ( Osaze and the likes of him were axed): but, irredentist politics and cronyism laced with festering corruption meant that Siasia was pressured to bring him back at all cost. He bent over; but the outcome was costly as Osaze became the catalyst of Super Eagles dismal outing against Guinea where we failed to qualify for AFCON 2012. Surprisingly, the same Osaze was axed by Keshi with no one in the glass house giving a hoot about it.

I use this opportunity to appeal to policy makers in Nigeria to evacuate from any plan to hire a foreign coach for the Super Eagles after the AFCON. Experience has proved that teams that won the World Cup did so due to a combination of reasons that includes having an indigenous coach who is meshed in the dynamics of the local football etc. This is where Samson Siasia fits the bill.

Please, every effort at a replacement for Keshi MUST start and end with him (Siasia) as that replacement. Otherwise, we have other promising trainers such as Oliseh, Iroha and Amunike. Its just a matter of building confidence in them . But, why not Siasisa who has demonstrated his capabilities at global fora and proved that he can do it? Those who judge him with club performance are stupid. If that's the case, what club record does Keshi possess and glossy are his international records? What did Keshi win for any body in any FIFA tournament? That, is the measure comparison. We MUST move away from stupidity this time and get it right just in time before the kick off of World Cup qualifiers. In fact, I expect the NFF to have rounded off plans of announcing a new coach ( Siasia of course) in a matter of days so as to gain some time which is not Nigeria's friend at present, especially, if it plans to be in Brazil 2014 and do well.

This is my honest opinion. Nonetheless, its just a matter of perception for any one to disagree. But, I welcome mature, constructive and courteous dissensions to my views.


"Knowledge is like Onyx. One digs deep to have it."
Watchout
posted: 11:12 pm
KESHI MUST GO!!!!!!!!!!!!! This guy has no business with Super Eagles in the first place. He is clueless, he is just there for the money, thats it. He has been exposed. Imagine in our second match against Zambia, he didnt even know what to do, he wanted to sub Emenike, it was Amokachi that told him No, before he went ahead and sub Ahmed Musa. Another problem of Super eagles is Amokachi. Amokachi should go somewhere else and stop hanging or lobby around eagles without meaningful impact. NFF should please in JESUS, ALLAH, and all the dieties name hire a foreign coach preferably from South America. The South Americans make, play, and eat football. PLEASE NFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enough of this embarassment. Please, do things right for once and your name will be remembered forever. PLease!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
topstarz
posted: 11:19 pm
People are still living in the past mentioning Siasia on these Forum, For goodnesss sake the man had his oppurtunity and he did not take it. Football these days is all about result, we played sexy under Siasia and where did it land us? I supported him the same way I am supporting Keshi because eventhough its not so rosy now with the way we are wumbling and fumbling we are still getting the needed results. After the nations cup for Nigeria then we can make a decision weather keshi stays or not, but for now let us just continue to support him, Let us talk about the kind of selections or formations Keshi should use against all mighty ivory coast. I am for one happy these is the youngest Squad Nigeria has used in a very long time. Siasia needs another team to proove himself before he can be considered again for Nigerian job in the future.
Watchout
posted: 11:35 pm
Keshi I will HATE you forever by comparing this your fluke team with the almighty 1994 Super Eagles. That's a big insult to the Squad of 1994. You should cover your face in shame. If I were you, I will resign tonight. Idiot!
Spoton
posted: 11:37 pm
@TroyBoateng, trust me we have got better players - Mr Keshi decided to leave them at home in the name of Rebuilding so he can open us up to ridicule from people like you.
Osaze, Martins, Apam, Taiwo, Lukman Haruna , Kalu Uche could easily have changed this team.
Commonsense
posted: 12:04 am
@Futbol-Aficionado I agree with you on all points raised. Sadly though, I think you shouldnt call anyone stupid as tempting as it can be. I keep saying that we must all be tolerant of other people's opinion. We neednt all agree. Else we'll all be robots. I dont care if nobody agrees with me so long as you agree that I am entitled to my own opinion.

One more thing @Futbol-Aficionado dont you think its a waste of time hoping that Siasia will come back? You and I know that he's about the best indegenous coach with potentials for silverware in Nigeria today. We know, but does the NFF know it? NO.

We will only be sounding like a cracked record to keep talking about Keshi. I also go with you on your position that no foreign coach should be hired especially for the reasons you gave for it. But I don't see anything wrong in identifying a foreign coach with vast technical indepth to provide technical support to a Nigerian coach and together it will be a eureka formula.

All told, lets keep the faith
Good luck
posted: 12:13 am
PLEASE NFF SHOULD SACK KESHI AFTER THIS AFCON AND GET A GOOD FORIEGN COACH OR CALL BACK SAMSON SIASIA TO TAKE OVER BECAUSE KESHI IS NOT A GOOD COACH CAN YOU IMAGINE NIGERIA STRUGLING WITH EITHOPIA KESHI HAS NOTHING TO OFFER NIGERIA I AM ONLY FEAR THAT IVORY COAST WILL DISGRACE US IN THE QUATER FINALS BUT I PRAY THAT GOD SHOULD GRANTS US THE STRENGHT AND POWERS TO OVERCOME IVORY COAST BECAUSE IT WILL BE A BIG SHAME IF IVORY COAST BEAT US AGAIN.
ZambiaMan
posted: 12:17 am
You idiots bought the ref
ZambiaMan
posted: 12:18 am
Ivory Coast will batptize you wait and see.
toklins221
posted: 12:23 am
I am just happy that Everyone can see Keshi is Zero. He might be a gud player but not a gut coach. Emenike is such a selfish player...
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