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Nigeria beat Tahiti 6-1 in Fifa Confederations Cup

Posted: 17 June 2013 Time: 22:57

Nnamdi Oduamadi scored a hat-trick as Nigeria opened their FIFA Confederations Cup campaign with a 6-1 drubbing of Tahiti.

Uwa Elderson Echiejile had given the Super Eagles a fifth-minute lead, albeit in fortunate circumstances as his shot took a double deflection before sailing past goalkeeper Xavier Samin.

Oduamadi got his first of the night on 16 minutes, capitalising on a poor pass before slotting past the goalie.

It got worse for the Tahitians just before the half-hour mark when Samin failed to hold onto Ahmed Musa’s tame cross, allowing Oduamadi to tap home.

The African champions had a succession of chances to extend their lead but were wasteful in front of goal as they went into the break 3-0 up.

Tahiti then stunned with their first ever goal at a senior FIFA tournament – Jonathan Tehau rising highest at the back-post to head past Vincent Enyeama, playing in his 81st international.

However, the underdogs’ joy was short-lived when the self-same Tehau put a cross from Oduamadi past his own keeper.

And Oduamadi’s night was to get even better when he completed his hat-trick on 77 minutes; in the process becoming only the second player after Fernando Torres in 2009 to score three goals in one match at the Confederations Cup.

Echiejile put the icing on the cake with a sixth goal ten minutes from time, but coach Stephen Keshi will be concerned by the profligacy in front of goal, as well as some slack moments at the back.

Nigeria next face Uruguay, while Tahiti’s task gets even tougher as they take on world champions Spain.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 11:51 pm
Mba and Ogude are short 2. Ogude is a spent force. His ball sense is poor. Little wonder Naija played good soccer when he first got suspended against Ivory Coast. Ever since he has lost his shirt and our midfield has been dominant in games. But Ogude is just a robotic player. No mobility, sense, lacks the box-to-box energy of Onazi.

As for Mba, I hope Keshi is just using Confederations Cup to repay him for his goals in nations cup. I don't care he can play out the other group games cos the other guys in the bench excluding Ogu are just filling up the space players. No ball sense. So Mba is the best in the competition for Naija now.
BUT PLEASE after confed, the guys giving out invitation to Naija players after Keshi has given them the letters should help by destroying invites meant for Mba, Ogude and Egwueke. Cos I know Keshi will keep inviting these guys and they ain't good.

Naija wake up and play well against Uruguay
The Phoenix
posted: 11:54 pm
Well, what do we expect from a team having just one professional player? Unemployed amateurs, PE trainers, accountants, truck driver, etc What a mismatch!
We should just assume this group is a 3-team group. Trying to rate this team performance against the Super Eagle or Spain or Uruguay is just baseless. Its like racing a bicycle with a NASCAR race car.
As for me, this is just a training match, our competition proper starts on Thursday when we meet fellow professionals.
posted: 11:56 pm
You people should leave Musa alone. his fastness is the reason Nigeria beat Kenya by a goal in Nairobi.You guys whine if a player flops once in few matches forgetting that the same player has helped the team in the past .If you complain about Ujah, and Ogude I can understand but a player like Musa has done a lot for his country.
posted: 11:56 pm
Players like Mba, Ujah, Musa, Ideye have had enough chance to prove their selves. It's time to start looking for replacements otherwise this will be the end of Super Eagles, and can't see these present group players making it to bigger clubs and to the world cup . No team will fear playing against the SE, they lack quality.
posted: 11:59 pm
Nigeria is always hard to beat so I don't expect Spain and Uruguay to score too many goals. But these boys have to improve on this performance. The truth is Uruguay are playing just as poor as us. The same goes for Mexico. If you guys have been watching their world cup qualifiers then you are aware of this.

The coaching crew should watch this match and let the players know their mistakes. When we have two on one situations the most logical thing to do is pass if the keeper is running towards you and you have a man open. Long throat dey worry these boys.
posted: 12:00 am
I will wait for the game the SE will play against Uruguay before i can draw any conclusion on the team. However, the following players get my thumbs down in an order of their dismal performance. Mba, Ujah, Ideye, Musa and Enyeama.
Top Performers: Oduamadi, Mikel Obi, John Ogu and Oboabona.
posted: 12:00 am
Which scoreline is better? Nigeria win 12-1 and go to sleep thinking they have arrived and get beaten by Spain and Uroguay or 6-1 scoreline making them know that they have to improve against Spain and Uroguay. I congratulate this boys. They flew in just sundey after over 16 hours flight. All they need to qualify is to play their hears out against Uroguay and get atleast a draw and hope that Spain beat Tahit before final match. I am happy that Keshi came with this home boys. They will improve as tornament continues.
posted: 12:02 am
People relax, team building does not happen over night. I know CAF fluke has raised the expectation above normal and with that so much BP for a lot of the faithfuls here, but realistically we are taking 'good' baby steps forward, bringing discipline and a little bit of competition into the team.

Yes we all wish we can become a Spain over night, but they, even with their abundance of talent over the years have gone through this same metamorphosis before assuming this their admirable shape. Let's keep the expectations at a reasonable high but with a margin for error that is circumspect and appropriate.
posted: 12:03 am
Yeah our boys missed so many scoring chances and looked disjointed but what happened at the end for Christ's sake ? Did we win or not ? All some noise makers who are good for nothing in their own miserable lives are good at is condemning coach Keshi every time.
These guys have been on the road for more than a month from their busy club schedules to Kenya, from Kenya to south Africa and to Namibia then back to south Africa enroute Rio de jinerio before finally flying into the city of their match yet all these foolish south African haters who their mumu senior team got eliminated from the world cup qualifiers the other day can say is Nigeria is not representing Africa well as if they can ever achieve what the Eagles have achieved in their entire life time.
posted: 12:05 am
Come on guys this Emenike talk is getting too much now. Is he a national hero now? Come on... lets calm down! Mba scored the important goals as well please dont forget. And our defenders also did a good work.... all the while we are unbeaten!

Ideye will score wait and see.

By the way as far as I am concerned he just need to score against Malawi!
posted: 12:06 am

As you just copied my qoute you do see that I did mention Mikel right?
Also, you did read where I said the commentator on ESPN including Alexis LALAS (whom i dont like by the way) said he wasnt smart right?
Why did your mind go on that its bcos he was not igbo?
I like Musa ( I always sign him to my team when I play FIFA 12 or 13) cos he has speed and speed kills.
It was because he didnt learn from him all the offside he had and he also missed a chance after rounding the keeper with just the empty post to beat.
But we attacked me not for my comment on Musa but because you believe its because he is not Igbo.
You are the tribalist and must be gay cos DICK is all you think about.
Then you attacked my father's dick.
posted: 12:08 am
Honestly,I am not amongst the praise singers,the super eagles played against a team made up of accountants,factory workers,drivers and unemployed folks and look at d way they celebrate goals...I laugh in Tiv...abysmal,that's what I call that performance,no coordination,I then ask is this the best africa can present?Keshi's messing with our team,access Ujah and Mbah,compared to Ogu..I dey watch oh
The Phoenix
posted: 12:08 am
By the way, when we use real tournament to experiment with players in the name of building a team, what is then the purpose of friendlies and qualifiers?
Isn't it a problem that the whole bench in AFCON cannot even stand in to replace the injured or off-form players? Now we have a different bench that would likely be not there after Confed? If we use years to experiment, when will the real team start understanding themselves? When we run out of matches?
We need some good direction o!
posted: 12:11 am
Spain and Uruguay will beat this Tahiti more than 10:0. If this is what Nigeria has to offer, sorry folks, we aint got nothing to give. Mba is not a super eagle material, Keshi has a lot to learn.Good luck to them but they will need more than luck to play Spain and Uruguay and it is called good players that has creativity.
posted: 12:13 am
Four crappy goals and two own goal from generous Tahiti players.
posted: 12:14 am
Mr Phoenix, so if 3+ of your starters are injured you should not bring in new players to the bench? We need to learn to be constructive as well encouraging rather being perpetually negative. It sickens and makes the heart dull. Cheer up and uplift your team in good and in bad times. " I know it all " has killed us in many places because truthfully, we know nothing.
posted: 12:15 am
Most of the people talking rubbish dont fly. This players just arrived brazil after over 16 hrs of flying, struggling with jet lag, with little or no preparation. Winning 6-1 isnt sufficient, people will still complain smh. Am just wondering what will satisfy Nigerians. We can win against Uruguay so that we can ensure qualification before playing spain. Good game boys..Chuks
niyi oyedola
posted: 12:17 am
We are just seeing the true reflection of our team please wait till when we meet uruguay and spain then you will understand why some of us criticise Keshi selection especially in the attack. Who is that Ujah guy is that a striker? I ve always known Ideye as a disappointment yet Keshi a big gambler. As for Musa he remind me of Mohammed manga I can't laughing.
posted: 12:18 am
@TeellThemmposted So what if other teams beat Tahiti 20:0? Be content in victory as well positive in the outcome of your other remaining matches. Football has thought me a life long lesson, be humble, make less noise, enjoy your victories today, tomorrow will take care of itself. If you get beaten, rise again, if you win, strive for more...no need causing and swearing and prophesying doom all the time.
posted: 12:18 am
If Tahiti ain't a good team and don't believe in themselves then why did they fly all the way from their country into Brazil ? Football on the big stage have always sprung surprises and am so happy the prayers of Nigerian haters did'nt work out as the incredible eagles stamped their foot with a comfortable 6-1 goal margin despite their tough schedules going into the game thereby maintaining their unbeaten run.
Its on record that Tahiti was the 1st nation to arrive for this tournament and Nigeria the last yet people who don't know how difficult it is for players to acclimatise to a totally different weather less than 30 hours to their game.
No one gave Keshi a chance of a draw against Ivory coast in the 1st 20 minutes of that game not to talk of a draw yet we won the game and the tournament. I am ready to see what Uruguay will do on Thursday and only after then will I come in here and address all the haters of Keshi.
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