Saturday, November 16, 2013

Nigeria Defeats Ethiopia, Berths in Brazil

Nigeria Saturday at the U.J Esuene Stadium Calabar, Cross River
State, booked a ticket to the 2014 football World Cup taking place in
Brazil from June to July next year, as the Super Eagles defeated the
Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia by two goals to nothing. The Eagles were
able to score a goal in each half of the game against the visitors who
came with a sizable number of supporters.
A pass off the dribbling runs of Ahmed Musa in the 20th minutes was
handled inside the box by an Ethiopian defender. The referee wasted no
time in calling the foul. The resultant penalty was converted by
Victor Moses.
Occasional shots from Victor Moses and a few others characterized the
last 25 minutes of the first half but there was nothing to cheer as
top striker, Emmanuel Emenike found the going tough as an iinability
to connect with the midfield starved him of service.
Late in the second half however, a spirited effort by Emenike towards
the vital area of the visitors earned the Eagles a free kick. This was
converted by substitute, Obinna Nsofor, who had entered the fray only
moments before.
The last 10 minutes of the match witnessed a heavy downpour but the
spectators were not deterred as the poured into the pitch to celebrate
with the Eagles.
Ogenyi Onazi won the most valuable player of the match award and got
$5000 for it while each goal scored fetched the Eagles $2000.
The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria also honoured Governor Liyel
Imoke with an award for his love for football and support to the Super
Eagles and the Golden Eaglets who recently won the under-17 world cup
in United Arab Emirates.
During half time, the all-conquering Golden Eaglets went round the
stadium to appreciate the government and people of Cross River State
for hosting them while in camp preparing for the cadet competition.

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