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Nigeria drew 1-1 with Namibia in their 2014 World Cup qualifier on Wednesday night.

Posted: 13 June 2013 Time: 06:33

Nigeria missed a chance to become the first country to reach the final phase of 2014 World Cup qualifying when they could only draw 1-1 to Namibia on Wednesday night.

With victory over Kenya secured a week earlier, and Namibia in disarray following the resignation of coach Roger Palmgren barely 48 hours before the match, Nigeria were expected to secure the three points that would push them over the line.

Desperate for goals, Stephen Keshi spent his final training sessions working on shooting practice, and dropped striker Brown Ideye for Anthony Ujah who had looked lively when he came on against Kenya.

And it looked like the move had paid off when the Eagles created an opening within the opening minutes.

But just like in the Kenya game, that chance was fluffed. It set the tone for the rest of the game, with Ahmed Musa, Nnamdi Oduamadi, Anthiny Ujah and John Mikel Obi all spurning good opportunities.

And they were soon made to pay the price when substitute Deon Hotto volleyed past Vincent Enyeama to give the hosts a shock lead.

Not that it lasted for long. Defender Godfrey Oboabona restored parity soon after with a superbly curled free-kick.

Nigeria pushed for a winner, but towards the end, Keshi settled for the point by shoring up his midfield with Fegor Ogude.

The result means Nigeria stay two points clear of Malawi, and only need a result in their final group game at home to Malawi to reach the final phase of qualifying.

It also takes Nigeria to 18 games unbeaten under Stephen Keshi.

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posted: 02:01 pm
niyi oyedola
posted: 02:01 pm
Osaze might be useless now but I can still remember he was a dedicated player to the Nigeria. Recently he has been behave inmaturely but he is a good player. Same goes to Anichebe, Uche and Ik Kalu. What of Erenemo? Although he can't invite everybody at the same time but atleast some players have given more than 5 chances to prove the woth yet they have not deliver E.g Ideye,akpala. Look at our bench can some one tell me we have players on the bench. Except Keshi sit down and revisit his strategies we wll struggling to get point. We need our best legs enough of this hypertension experriment. Seven home base yet we have played more than 7matches just 2 or 3 got chance to play. If Keshi is confident of the home base why can't he play them all. NFF is another joke imagine they can't buy the players bonus as promised. GOD bless Nigeria
posted: 02:01 pm
is not Anichebe that said he want to concetrate with his club rather than playing for the Eagles????
niyi oyedola
posted: 02:11 pm
Is about player management NFF as not create good relationship with these players so when they decline national call its because they way there been treated. There clubs pays there bill take care of their medical bill even when they injured on official duty.
posted: 02:12 pm
@ philosopher, let him win first, then we will worry about the name droppers.

@ Blackpanther 187, who does not like trophies? But should we be proud to call ourselves African champions and then start playing draws with everybody like the last Champion Zambia did. The truth is we do not have a team yet. Just because we are missing Emenike and Moses does not mean we should struggle with Kenya and Namibia. Good teams kill off the opposition when they have them on the ropes. We HAD Namibia on the ropes yesterday but could not take their lives. Even Namibians know they are not on the same level with Sudan and Gh crushed Sudan at home! Slyman
posted: 03:16 pm
@Game147, there is a distinction between been a useless player and match rustiness, I meant the later.
posted: 03:54 pm
santi santi u are the one who has to exit your browswer and stop posting stupid comments on this site and not denonso...keshi s team lack bite and purpose period......in this confed cup all will be exposed and i am sure u will never venture to write on this site again...knuckle heads
posted: 04:26 pm
@coache, Thanks for clarifying the both adjectives , however most of Mba's critics imply 'useless' and not 'match rustiness' . Alright, Keshi will be disgraced at the Confed. Cup, why not wait untill that happens ? Una go soon develope 'jedi jedi' for mouth.
The Phoenix
posted: 05:48 pm
When you have a bus driver who is drunk, sleeping, over speeding or making all the wrong decisions on the road; would you wait to see whether you will get to your destination before you warn him? Brother, if I were in such a vehicle, I would not wait to get killed before making my voice heard. I will end up saving myself, other passengers and even the driver himself.
If you have a medicine capable of saving a sick man, why wait to see if the sickness could kill him first? That is not true support or love. Unfortunately, Keshi is not the only one that might lose if we fail to qualify for the WC, the FA, the players, fans and the nation's economy would all lose in different areas. Football is never a solo sport, even outside the field.
posted: 08:27 pm
let me start by saying that i was one of those that never wanted siasia to be sack,not because i dont want keshi but because i wanted him to be giving a chance but since we now have keshi and he is doing good or better still producing result i cant just understand why people wont let sleeping dog lie.
it is a general believe that the best super eagles team is the 1994 set,but it might intrest everyone that they where not just going beating every team in african home and away in fact they struggle against little teams in away matches i can still remember they draw against b/faso and s/africa in the first group stage away,lost to the ivoirians away and draw with algeria away in the final group stage.in the nations cup qualification against congo i remember vividly that they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 which enable them to qualify for the competition.people are shouting obina,osazee and others have you all actually be following these players in their respective teams? i doubt it,the only two players doing good that where not there are ike uche and anichebe which are a result of injury and reluctant to honour national call,keshi know what he is doing and one thing i love about this team is that they are bringing back the era of not losing to any team in africa which we have lost, yes the team is still a work in progress it took westerholf 5years to build 94 set and to win the first trophy so why are we in so much hurry?
posted: 09:46 pm
Point of correction Mr Anonymous with you wrong statistics. Nigeria defeated congo in Point Noire in 1993 enroute USA94, the only goal of the match was scored by Yeking. Nigeria (Rashidi) scored a brilliant goal against South Africa that was disallowed and we drew 0 all. In Abidjan, it took less than 20 minutes for Yekini to score CIV first before we lost that game and had Siasia passed to Yekini we should have been 2 goals up.

Again in Algeria in Tlemcem in 1993, Finidi scored a brilliant goal against the Algerians before they equalized, CIV, Algeria were not small teams if you knew African football then. CIV won the AFCON IN 1992 and Algeria in 1990, which one is drawing with Namibia and Kenya drawing in Nigeria, that is an abomination.
chris madu
posted: 11:04 pm
Keshi has always struggled with his boys. I love my team but truth must be told. Just play back all our competitive games against the smallest of names, and see how we battled to play well, not to talk of winning. Or maybe our team still needs time?

This team may have won the nations cup but they have not shown that they will qualify us for the world cup. What will happen when we face Ghana in a two-legged affair, or Ivory Coast, or Egypt, or Cameroun, or Algeria. Now we paly so poorly home and away, yet people fail to see how far we have pushed our luck.

It is better we fail to qualify than to luckily make it and turn up at the world cup for shameful bashing.

Viva Nigeria!
@WittyChippa The Namibian Khosi
posted: 12:56 am
Nigeria playd well 1st half and shud have gone 5-0 up, but we showed determination n courage. We dominatd the midfield, won all physical battles, and played carpet football in the 2nd half. Petrus Shitembi is a gem, keep it up tamwa zange. Lazarus Kaimbi: what a player. Tangeni Shipahu is boss, Willem Mwedihanga commanded the backline, Pinias Jacobs molested Obi Mikel in the midfield, and Virgil Vries deserve a Johnie Walker... Warriors still brave in a mafucker
Amos 9ja
posted: 09:55 am
we need result at C.F C.
chris madu
posted: 10:38 pm
Ok, I am back! Just saw the highlights on Youtube now, and I would like to take back my word on Keshi's boys struggling against small teams.

This was very different, the players just failed to score!

Viva Nigeria!
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