Wednesday, January 15, 2014
CHAN 2014: Nigeria’s Super Eagles eliminate Mozambique
Mozambique became the first country to exit the African Nations Champions after suffering a second consecutive defeat.
The Mozambique team, who lot their first game to South Africa, lost 2-4 to Nigeria's Super Eagles on Wednesday evening.
The Eagles defeated the Mambas to effectively keep their hopes of progressing in the CHAN tournament alive after going down to a shock 2-1 loss in their first game against Mali.
The Mambas took the lead inside 10 minutes via a stunning free kick by their captain around the centre circle. The thunderbolt off the boots of Diogo Khan caught goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim off his line and went straight into the net to make Nigeria start from behind yet again.
However, before Mozambique could catch their breath from celebrating their goal, the Eagles were back on level terms as Bright Esieme's long throw into the Mambas box was knocked down by Egwuekwe; and Ifeanyi Ede was well placed to volley in from close range.
Two minutes later, Rabiu Ali put Nigeria in the lead when he ran at his man and then fired a shot from 20 yards that was simply unstoppable for Mozambique's goalkeeper, Soarrito.
The Eagles' lead lasted for only seven minutes as Mozambique's star, Diogo, made nonsense of goalkeeper Agbim yet again. He skillfully rounded the Warri Wolves shot stopper before slotting in his second goal of the tournament.
After the fierce first 20 minutes both teams took things a bit easier and ended the first half at 2-2.
In the second half, Ejike Uzoenyi fired a shot into the Mambas penalty box and a Mozambique defender was wrongly adjudged to have handled the ball. A penalty kick was subsequently awarded to Nigeria
Kano Pillars Rabiu Ali took the kick; sending the keeper the wrong way to put the Eagles back ahead on the 54th minute mark.
Nigeria was assured all three points when substitute Barnabas Imenger netted the Eagles fourth goal barely seven minutes after coming in for Gbolahan Salami.
With the victory, Nigeria now has three points from two games and remains third on the log in Group A, behind South Africa and Mali.
The Super Eagles will play their last group game against South Africa on Friday.