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Super Eagles power into AFCON final

Posted On Wednesday, 6th February 2013

Elderson Echiejile of Nigeria celebrates his goal with his teammates

Nigeria qualified for their first Africa Cup of Nations final in 13 years with a 4-1 destruction of Mali in the semifinal in Durban on Wednesday evening.

In what was the most impressive and comprehensive performance of the tournament so far, Stephen Keshi’s Super Eagles crushed Mali thanks to goals from Elderson Echiejile, Brown Ideye, Emmanuel Emenike and Ahmed Musa.

Fantamady Diarra pulled one back for Patrice Carteron’s team in the second half, but it proved little more than a consolation goal as Nigeria moved into their first final since losing on home soil to Cameroon in 2000.

Nigeria settled the quicker of the two teams, though it was Mali who threatened an early goal when Molla Wague’s header from a corner kick flashed just wide of the target in the 12th minute, while Momo Sissoko shot just over the top from long range less than 60 seconds later.

On 15 minutes John Obi Mikel opened up Mali’s defence with a raking long ball that allowed Emmanuel Emenike to sprint in behind and get a low shot on target, but goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa made a good save with his feet. Seven minutes later Mikel sent a powerful volley just wide.

The Super Eagles opened the scoring on 25 minutes thanks to some great play down the right flank by Victor Moses. The Chelsea attacker twisted and turned his way past Adama Tamboura before providing a low cross that Elderson Echiejile turned into the net with a diving header.

Just five minutes later it was 2-0, with Nigeria again penetrating down the right flank. This time it was Emenike who provided a low cross that was turned into the net by Brown Ideye from close range, though the ball appeared to also make contact with defender Mahamadou Ndiaye.

Just before half time, Nigeria received a big slice of luck to help rack up their third goal. A free kick was teed up for Emenike to strike – his effort was directed low and hard at the wall, but ricocheted off the legs of Sissoko, completely wrong-footing the goalkeeper and finding its way into the back of the net.

Mali created a chance to pull a goal back early in the second half, but captain Seydou Keita, of all people, fluffed the attempt and put the ball wide of the near post with only goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama to beat.

On the hour mark Nigeria surged into a 4-0 lead to put beyond any doubt the final result of the match. Mikel played a perfectly-timed pass for substitute Ahmed Musa to spring Mali’s offside trap, before the youngster coolly slotted the ball between Samassa’s legs.

The other Samassa on the pitch, striker Mahamadou Samassa, had a great chance to pull one back for the Eagles in the 72nd minute, but he was denied by a fine save from Enyeama.

However, three minutes later Cheick Diabate set-up fellow substitute Fantamady Diarra to at least put Mali on the score sheet at 4-1.

Source: MTNfootball.com

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. Viper says:

    Hmmm…thats all I can say..

  2. gyan says:

    hmm..i must confess,dis super eagle plays like d spanish team.

  3. Chukwe says:

    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..Naija. reclaiming its lost glory!

  4. Viper says:

    Lets negotiate the semi-finals first..

  5. Troy says:

    Team Black Stars Shouldn’t Break Our Heart. That’s all am asking today.

  6. mich says:

    Am tryna imagine paintsil v moses..naija looks good!

  7. Ike says:

    Nigeria is simply the best this year…the’re playing TOTAL SOCCER .Thankyou SIR Keshi!!

  8. Frank Sakala says:

    iam zambian but i ve always supported Ghana in all areas. i like the way Ghanaians do things….. Between Ghana and Zambia, i support Ghana . go go black stars….. get the cup

  9. irhivboje uduehi says:

    may be God wnts to compensate nigeria with this cup….kudos to keshi and the lads

  10. amoa says:

    this nigerian team is simply d best.d bs should learn from them

  11. mukmin says:

    Damn I hate to admit it but Mauna do look good. But I still believe we can defeat them cos we hold a psychological advantage over them whenever we play regardless of how good they are.

  12. irhivboje uduehi says:

    mukmin u shud ask ur dark stars of ghana to first of all have the psychological edge over burkinafaso

  13. Prophet of doom says:

    I can’t believe Ghanaians are BEGINING to praise Nigeria team whom they once label super chicken , how. Time flies, I REMMEBER 2008 when you delivered yourself from Nigerian 15 years slavery from the friendly in London when you won 4-1 and Ghana 2008 when you won 2-1 ,then comes Angola 2010′. When you won 1-0
    Three straight wining and all hell broke lose, you ran your dirty mouth for a season over naija but unknown to you despite All your folly your so call black ducks sorry black stars are nothing bettered despite being dubbed GOLDEN GENERATION
    watch naija lift the cup on Sunday afresh and see , we are coming to Accra to fuck ebony Ghana girls in celebration

  14. Prophet of doom says:

    PLEASE WATCH OUT FOR THIS OFFICIAL RENAMING
    SUPER CHICKEN KILLED ELEPHANT AND SO THEY ARE NO LONGER SUPER CHICKEN BUT SUPER EAGLES!
    THE ELEPHANTS OF IVORY COAST ARE NOW KNOWN OFFCIALLY AS THE CARMEL’S OF IVORY COAST
    THE CHIPOLOPOLO OF ZAMBIA IS NOW KNOWN AS THE CHEAPS OF ZAMBIA
    THE BLACK STARS ARE NOW BEING CALLED BLACK DUCKS IN THE STREET OF LAGOS
    PLEASE NOTE





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