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Nigeria beat Morocco in African Nations Championship quarter-final

Posted: 25 January 2014 Time: 19:35

Nigeria came from three goals down at half-time to beat Morocco 4-3 in extra-time in the African Nations Championship quarter-final played at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.

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Nigeria’s goals were scored by Ugonna Uzochukwu, Rabiu Ali, Ejike Uzoenyi and Abubakar Ibrahim while the Morocco goals were scored by a Mohsine Moutaouali brace and one by Iajour Mouhssine.

The game started in frantic fashion as a shot from Mouhssine forced Agbim to make a fine save inside the opening minute, after the Moroccan broke in from the right flank. But Nigeria responded later, when Ugonna Uzochukwu headed a free-kick from Ejike Uzoenyi wide.

A timely block by Obanor prevented Morocco from scoring in the 15th minute through the impressive El Ouadi who shot at goal after a neat one-two with a teammate.

At the other end, Ifeanyi Ede wasted a chance to put Nigeria in front as he chose to shot into the side-netting instead of passing squaring the ball to a better positioned Uzoenyi in the 18th minute. Gbolahan Salami forced Nadir in Morocco's goal to make a finger-tipped save after heading a cross from Uzoenyi on target.

Both sides continued to search for an opener with Morocco looking more threatening, so it was no surprise when they took the lead through Moutaouali in the 33rd minute as he lobbed the ball over Agbim who was left exposed and forced to come off his line after Nigeria lost possession in midfield.

Salami had a chance to level the scores three minutes later but the 3SC frontman blasted his shot wide.

Nigeria were made to pay when Mouhssine Iajour curled in a direct free-kick in the 37th minute after Bright Esieme gave away a free-kick on the edge of the area.

The Moroccans extended their lead three minutes later as Moutaouali scored his second goal of the game after shooting from outside the box, to give the North Africans a comfortable lead going into the break.

Ugonna pulled a goal back for Nigeria in the 49th minute, as his shot from distance following terrific chest control found its way in, after good work from Uzoenyi.

The goal appeared to spark the Super Eagles into action as their general play improved.

Rabiu Ali continued Nigeria's comeback with a goal in the 56th minute as he shot into the bottom corner after a knockdown from Barnabas Imenger, who came on for Salami moments earlier.

Nigeria completed her comeback Uzoenyi in the 90th minute, after the Enugu Rangers wingers equalized to force extra-time.

Abubakar Ibrahim scored the winner in the 111th minute after capitalizing on Nadir's poor handling of a cross from Uzoenyi.

Nigeria's coach Stephen Keshi immediately made defensive changes to the team, as he brought on Umar Zango for the already over-worked Shehu, as Nigeria battled and managed to hold onto their lead till the end of the game.

Nigeria XI: Agbim; Ugonna, Odunlami, Egwuekwe,Uzoenyi, Rabiu Ali, Salami ( Imenger 50’), Esieme, Shehu (Zango 113’), Ede (Ibrahim 63’), Obanor

Livefyre comments on this story...

Re@l Trizzy
posted: 2014-01-25 19:45:01

now these are the kind of footballers who play for pride and conquest. Not money, hoes, fame and booze like some we know of. Salute Naija!

drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-25 19:57:26

Am in love with the nigerian spirit. A repeat of the Daman miracle......this shall be known as the cape town miracle

lntloko
posted: 2014-01-25 22:09:57

Nigeria loves South Africa - Period

omiracel
posted: 2014-01-26 04:32:56

SA also love Nigeria but its only a few elements that wants to create bad blood between this 2 great Countries, just came back from a Warri man house in Sanddton now

zabalaza18
posted: 2014-01-26 04:54:51

South africans bviouly dont

zabalaza18
posted: 2014-01-26 04:56:47

Dream on.. He is too good for this crappy place

zabalaza18
posted: 2014-01-26 04:57:26

U think sd can match barca, huh?

omiracel
posted: 2014-01-26 05:05:02

@Zabalaza, sorry dude u are among the few. If you are in JHb, try go to the OR Tambo Airport and see the number of SA guys going to Nigeria daily case close

Captain Blackbeard
posted: 2014-01-26 07:56:30

This is a testament to loud minister Mbalula that he was out of line to humiliate Bafana like he did. There was no way we could beat this Nigerian team. These guys are motivated to win at any cost. Big ups to naija for such an inspiring victory...

Lasgidis
posted: 2014-01-26 12:59:33

Listen, there is something I have to put out here once and for all, This is the reality of things as they stand and should be made known to those suffering from ignorance to help alleviate their pain and suffering and go a long way to helping resolve this un-necessary situation allowed to develop suggesting that there is some sort of latent hatred existing between south africans and nigerians, This is the work of few disenfranchised parts of the population in south africa who due to reasons of personal failure or hard luck stories will lash out at any and everyone around them due to their own personal life tragedies, so we must recognise these elements and treat them accordingly and not allow such an insignificant minority bring ACTUAL problems for the more Educated Upstanding citizens of these two countries at Large.


Now, It is an absolute fact to say here and now, that life for a BLACK PERSON, Especially a MAN, is INFINITELY BETTER, with BETTER PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCES, and EVEN BETTER FUTURE ASPIRATIONS is much better looking at the Nigerian situation compared to the south African situation, so for a lot of junkies on here to be dissing Nigeria, somehow implying that their situations in SA is better is laughable - I mean lets try and break down some real life examples ok? -

Is it safer in Nigeria than South Africa as far as a risk to life or a propensity to death ?  Obviously it is - there are a lot more desperate humans, with bad minds, medical hazards and Guns in SA than in Nigeria, if you doubt it then look up the relevant stats.

Is Nigeria delivering more on it's obligations as a country (to its people)? In other words how happy is the country making it's people? and compare this to SA's record and it quickly becomes obvious that - Football wise, the answer is a resounding YES!, Justice and Fairness wise - A resounding YES, just look at the wage/affluence split between whites and blacks in SA and you see my point, look also at how a dude like Pitorius almost got away with murder(and still may) and compare to what blacks are being arraigned and sent down for daily in SA and then go figure.

Which of these two countries has the most (and realest) growth potential as in if push came to shove and on a completely level playing field ie, with both operating in exactly the same conditions, who would you pitch your tent with? - I will leave that blank and you can fill in the gaps yourself, but something tells me that your answer will be the same as mine, so no more needs to be said about that!

As you can already see, I can go on and on and on, but I will not as not only is this not worth my time, but also there is too much good knowledge in here to give away for absolutely free!  Remember, give a man some water and he will survive the thirst for now, but give him a well, and he and his family may survive for much longer - 

He who has Ears LET HIM hear!


PS- Where is south vuvuzela?? tell him he is wanted for crimes against the good people of South Africa.

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-27 07:37:58

 As I said Naaigeria is gud in soccer. But in other codes like Rugby,Boxing, even in athletics lately we kick ur asses. Both in MUSIC AND FILM WE TOP U.


2014 GRAMMY AWARDS WINNERS

Black Mambazo of SA wins their 4th GRAMMY AWARD.

SA HAS WON  14 GRAMMY AWARDS. SORRY TO FEMI KUTI FOR LOSING AGAINST SA'S BLACK MAMBAZO!!!!!



http://www.durban.gov.za/Resource_Centre/new2/PublishingImages/Ladysmith_Black_Mambazo.jpg

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-27 07:46:06

IN MUSIC WE'RE MURDERERS!!!!! As I said in MUSIC, FILM, BOXING no Naaigerian has won competing against a South Africa. BLACK MAMBAZO IS TOURING THE US WILL BE SINGIN IN MORE 10 STATES THEN OFF TO ASIA :) Hong Kong, Malyasia,China etc..love them. Go to YOUTUBE where they make comments like "GOD GIFTED SOUTH AFRICANS WITH THOSE HARMONOUS VOICES". 


IN GOSPEL WE ARE ONLY RIVALLED BY AMERICANS OTHERWISE WE HAVE NO COMPETION OOO.

http://daseinform.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/not-again-femi-kuti-loses-at-grammy-awards-2014/

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-27 07:48:30

As I said Naaigeria is gud in soccer. But in other codes like Rugby,Boxing, even in athletics lately we kick ur asses. Both in MUSIC AND FILM WE TOP U.


2014 GRAMMY AWARDS WINNERS

Black Mambazo of SA wins their 4th GRAMMY AWARD.

SA HAS WON  14 GRAMMIY AWARDS. SORRY TO FEMI KUTI FOR LOSING AGAINST SA'S BLACK MAMBAZO!!!!!



http://www.durban.gov.za/Resource_Centre/new2/PublishingImages/Ladysmith_Black_Mambazo.jpg
drugsmart 9ja
posted: 2014-01-27 07:51:22

@Awodwaaaaaaaa, guy u funny ooo. Who told you nigeria has the slightest interest in Rugby? in boxing, who in South African history has achieved what Samuel peter achieved? In Sprints, please what has SA done to merit comparison with nigeria? Black Mambazo u say? U basically sound like a comadian....do people still listen to such music? Well its a know fact that Nigeria rules the music scene in Africa. For every one renowned South African musician u mention, I give u 5 nigerian. Please you are off point guy

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-27 07:55:12

Stupid LIE, in 1995 Naaigeria, CIV etc..played and FAILED. Even in ENGLAND your players like Monye and other failures know SA TACKLES HARDER THAN ANY OTHER RUGBY NATION.


Please tell us 

FEMI DIDN'T FAIL WE WANNA LAUGH :D :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Zkr6kb8L58

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-27 08:00:21

drugsmart 9ja 

D Banj and other clowns have NEVER WON A GRAMMY OR ANY MUSICAL AWARD OF THAT LEVEL. Other than Channel O (note: ran by SA DSTV), MTV Africa they haven't won any international award.

Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-27 08:07:03

@Drugsmart 

SA GRAMMY AWARD WINNERS PLEASE MATCH THESE VS ANY NAAIGERIAN CLOWN.

1. Mirriam Makeba 3 Grammies and Ammy's.

2. Hugh Masekela 3 Grammies

3. Soweto Gospel Choir 2 Grammies

4. Ray Phiri 1 Grammy

5. Lebo M 1 Grammy LION KING COMPOSER :)

6. Black Mambazo 4 Grammies

7. Vusi Mahlasela 1 Grammy


SA HAS 15 GRAMMIES!!!!!!!!This is the highest number of GRAMMIES ON THE AFRICAN SOIL. GO HUG A TRANSFORMER.



Awodwaaaaaaa
posted: 2014-01-27 08:08:50

drugsmart 9ja 

D Banj, Psquare and other clowns by SA STANDARDS AREN'T REAL ARTISTS BUT MUSIC MAKERS. Same can be said about our musicians like Toya Delazy, shes not RECOGNIZED IN ZA. 

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