AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Super Eagles!
Cheta Nwanze | February 6th, 2013

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles have in the last few minutes brushed aside the Eagles of Mali to move imperiously into the final match of the 2013 African Cup of Nations. First half goals from Elderson Echiejile, Brown Ideye and current leading scorer, Emmanuel Emenike ensured that a 1-1 scoreline in the second half was simply academic.

The match began with both sides playing a little cautiously, and the Malians playing a 4-1-3-1-1, sitting back and looking to catch the Nigerians on the break or on set pieces.

A few shots aside, the game finally came to life on 27 minutes when the brilliant Victor Moses, sprinting down the right flank, turned Adama Tamboura inside-out, nutmegged him for good measure, before squaring a waste-high ball to the far post which Elderson Echiejile ducked to nod past the helpless Mamadou Samassa in the Mali goal.

A few minutes later, Nigeria doubled their lead, Emenike the provider. Once again down the right flank, he took a pass from Victor Moses, skinned his man, drilled a hard, low ball towards the near post, where Brown Ideye slid in alongside a defender to bundle it past Samassa.

Ten minutes later, the game was over as a contest. Emmanuel Emenike took a free-kick which deflected off Mohammed Sissoko and hopelessly wrongfooted Samassa.

Though there were two goals in the second half, one for Nigeria by substitute Ahmed Musa, and Mali substitute, Cheick Diabate, the Super Eagles held on for Sunday’s final where they will play either Burkina Faso or Ghana.

When the referee blowed the final whistle, Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi embraced defeated Mali great Seydou Keita & several of his former players.

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Cheta Nwanze

Cheta Nwanze tweets as @Chxta.


3 thoughts on “Super Eagles!

  1. How T B Joshua Mentored Eagles Star ,Ogenyi Onazi
    Written By CKN NIGERIA on Saturday, 9 February 2013 | 8:35 am

    He is now one of the most prolific footballers in Nigeria..but what most people didn’t know is that without the man of God,Pastor T B Joshua who discovered his potentials early,the young man would still have been just one of those boys running around the streets in Nigeria.

    About eight months ago The TB Joshua Ministry sent CKN Nigeria the profile of a relatively unknown young man to publish which we did.Today he is a success story..

    Welcome to the world of Super Eagles Star Ogenyi Onazi..

    Born in Jos, little Onazi started with the Pepsi Academy in Jos, where he played for just six months, before he joined El Kanemi Junior FC of Jos who produced Chelsea star Mikel Obi, Joseph Akpala, Chinedu Efugh, late Henry Ihelewere, among others.

    From El Kanemi Juniors, the budding Onazi moved to Lagos where he featured for My People Football Club founded by Prophet T.B.Joshua, the founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations.

    T.B. Joshua would later bankroll 100% the search by Onazi and his Eaglets teammate Sani Emmanuel for a club in Europe, spanning England, Greece and eventually Italy, where Onazi has now finally pitched tent and has already excelled.

    Last season, Onazi made his Lazio debut when he came on as a substitute against Atalanta. It was the breakthrough he needed to work his way into the club’s and Nigeria’s first team.

    That young man would make history tomorrow if he lift the 3rd ever AFCON cup for his father land with his mates. Presently, over 10 top European clubs seek his signature for next season.

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