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2 vs 0
Played
September 7, 2013 4:00 PM BST
U.J. Esuene Stadium — Calabar
Referee:‬ H. Nampiandraza‎
Attendance:‬ 8000‎
 
45+1′ Emenike
 
51′ (PG) Victor Moses
 

Nigeria 2-0 Malawi: Emenike & Moses give Eagles play-off ticket

The African champions saw off the challenge of the Flames to earn passage into the final stage of qualification for next year's 2014 World Cup

By Lolade Adewuyi

Nigeria v. Malawi
Olumide
Nigeria earned a passage into the final round of Caf qualification for World Cup 2014 with a 2-0 victory over Malawi in Calabar on Saturday.

The Super Eagles were helped by goals from returning striker Emmanuel Emenike and a penalty from attacker Victor Moses.

The game began on a very competitive note with Liverpool loan signing Moses and Ahmed Musa tormenting the James Sangala-anchored Malawian defence. As early as the second minute, Limbikani Mzava was booked for a rough challenge on Moses who was on a goal-bound move.

Despite gaining most of the ball possession, Nigeria failed to get the curtain raiser as they failed to create clear cut chances.  The attack-minded Eagles did not relent as they challenged Tom Santifiet’s men for every ball.

In the 11th minute, Musa saw his opportunity declared offside after he got a well-tailored cross from John Obi Mikel. Few minutes later, Ogenyi Onazi's shot went just wide as Stephen Keshi's men continued their search of the early goal.

Malawi shot-stopper, Simplex Nthara repaid the faith shown in him by Tom Saintfiet to start the game with a brilliant save off the boot of Efe Ambrose followed by another super effort in the 26th minute to deny Moses the opening goal.

As the first half petered out, Emenike put Nigeria ahead with a very cool finish off a pinpoint cross from Onazi. Despite resolute defending from the Malawians, they allowed the Fenerbahce striker sneak in to chip the ball past Simplex to calm the nerves of the hosts.

In the early minutes of the second half, Musa failed to double Nigeria’s lead after missing a one-on-one opportunity with the goalkeeper who gathered safely to keep the Flames in the game. Shortly afterwards Emenike was denied by the same goalkeeper.

The Eagles, however, put the game beyond the reach of the Malawians in the 51st minute after Brescia forward Nnamdi Oduamadi was forcefully brought down by Flames skipper James Sangala. Moses shot the resultant penalty past Simplex to give the Eagles a comfortable lead.

A few minutes later, the visitors were reduced to 10 men after Limbikani Mzava was sent off for a second yellow to compound Malawi's misery.

Musa's battle with the Malawi goalkeeper continued in the 68th minute as he was unable to score again in a one on one situation. Even with the introduction of Newcastle forward Shola Ameobi for his competitive debut, Nosa Igiebor and Uche Nwofor, Nigeria failed to get the third goal after missing several scoring chances.

With this result, Nigeria are now through to the final play-off round of World Cup 2014 qualification and will know their opponents when the draw is made in a few days.



Nigeria

1
Vincent Enyeama
Goalkeeper
3.00
-
2.50
15
E. Ambrose
Defender
3.00
2
3.00
21
3.50
12
John Obi Mikel
Midfielder
4.00
23
Ogenyi Onazi
Midfielder
3.50
12
Victor Moses
Midfielder
51′ 71′
4.00
23
2.50
29
Emenike
Striker
46′ 77′ 84′
3.50
-
Nnamdi Oduamadi
Midfielder
88′
3.50

Malawi

3.00
-
Simplex Nthala
Goalkeeper
2.50
-
 - 
-
2.50
-
1.00
-
2.00
-
 - 
-
Dave Banda
Midfielder
61′
 - 
-
 - 
28
1.50
21
 - 
-

Substitutes

16
Austin Ejide
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
30
 - 
20
N. Igiebor
Midfielder
71′
2.50
-
Sunday Mba
Midfielder
 - 
11
B. Ideye
Striker
 - 
23
2.50
-
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
-
Owen Chaima
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
2.00
-
 - 
-
John Banda
Midfielder
74′
 - 
-
Micium Mhone
Midfielder
 - 
-
Phillip Masiye
Midfielder
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
-

Coach/Manager

Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
Matchday 6
Times In BST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Mohammed Abu Trika Mohammed Abu Trika
Midfielder
Al Ahly
6 4
Papiss Cissé Papiss Cissé
Striker
Newcastle United
6 1
Asamoah Gyan Asamoah Gyan
Striker
Al Ain
6 0
Mohamed Salah Mohamed Salah
Midfielder
Chelsea
6 0
Juvenal Juvenal
Midfielder
5 2