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WC Qualification Africa

  • September 7, 2013
  • • 16:00
  • • U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar
  • Referee: H. Nampiandraza
  • • Attendance: 8000
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  • And so you have it, the Super Eagles march on, the Flames are doused. What are your thoughts, let's take our discussion to Twitter. Hit me up via @jololade. It has been great keeping you updated throughout this encounter. See you again soon.
  • And so it ends in Calabar, the Super Eagles have showed their worth as African champions by defeating the southern African nation of Malawi 2-0. They get a ticket into the final round of qualifiers and will await the draw to be held next week.
  • 90'
    Ameobi sees his opportunity to get his first Nigeria goal blocked by the Malawian goalkeeper.
  • 88'
    Substitution Nnamdi Oduamadi Uche Nwofor
  • 85'
    Shola Ameobi comes on for his competitive debut for Nigeria. The Newcastle man has replaced goal scorer Emmanuel Emenike in attack
  • 84'
    Substitution Emenike Shola Ameobi
  • 77'
    Yellow Card Emenike
  • 74'
    Substitution Robin Ngalande John Banda
  • 74'
    Wasteful Nigeria! Musa puts in all the hard work but sees his pass hit wide by Emenike who had the goal yawning for the ball
  • 72'
    Victor Moses is taken out from this game as Nosa Igiebor returns to the side since the Africa Cup of Nations
  • 71'
    Substitution Victor Moses N. Igiebor
  • 68'
    Ahmed Musa's battle with the Malawi goalkeeper continues but he's unable to score again in one on one situation
  • 65'
    Enyeama has had to make two key saves for the Eagles as the Flames have not given up on this encounter. Surely the Nigerians will try to kill off this encounter with a third goal before they start showboating
  • 61'
    Substitution Dave Banda Douglas Chirambo
  • 60'
    Nigeria content to pass around and try to further open up the Malawian defence.
  • 57'
    Crowd really working it now, cheering the Eagles and booing the Flames. Can't blame them, delirium at its height. But let's remain fair to the visitors .
  • 54'
    Flourishing attack from Nigeria now as Musa gets fouled on the edge and Limbikani Mzava is sent off for a second yellow card. It gets tougher for the Flames now
  • 53'
    Yellow/Red Limbikani Mzava
  • 53'
    GOAL! Nigeria win a penalty as Oduamadi was brought down and Moses steps up to shoot and score. 2-0!
  • 51'
    Penalty Goal Victor Moses
  • 47'
    Musa misses a one on one opportunity with the goalkeeper who gathers safely to keep the Flames in the game. Shortly afterwards Emenike is denied by the same man goalkeeper Simplex
  • 46'
    Second half kicks off with the Eagles looking to consolidate while the Flames search for an equaliser and the unthinkable winner? Hmm
  • @LAYHAM09 responds: It's not possible for the MALAWIANS to defeat NIGERIA (the Champion of Africa)... To me the score line will end 3-0 in favor of NIG"
  • Tough words coming through from Malawian @iceking_mw: "You will remember this day as the day Malawi reduced Nigeria to a 3-1 margin. flames all the way." Glad that our visitors are connecting even though it is really hard to see them taking this game.
  • Comments coming in... @iam_bush paints with words: "That defense splitting pass from Onazi happens to be the highlight of that Emenike's goal"
  • What a half, Emenike returned to the side with a massive goal that should calm the nerves of the hosts. Despite resolute defending from the Malawians, they allowed the Fenerbahce striker sneak in behind them to score that goal and make their task of qualifying for the play offs tougher. Not only do the Malawians need to equalise in the second half, they require a win if they are to make the play offs. Can it be done? Will the Eagles score more? Talk to me via @jololade
  • 45' + 1'
    Goal Emenike
  • 45'
    GOAL! Emenike scores just as the half petered out, he got a cross from Onazi and he shot past Simplex Nthara for the Super Eagles to take the lead.
  • 43'
    Yellow Card Moses Chavula
  • 43'
    Mikel wins a free kick on the edge of the Malawi box. Oboabona comes up for it and gets a foul on the Malawian wall whose player broke the wall. Mikel takes it the second time but shoots wide of the mark
  • 38'
    Malawi counter attack after Mikel gives away the ball from a corner kick. Oboabona helps to clear but fouls his man as Nyondo wins another corner kick for the Flames
  • 36'
    Malawi win a free kick right in front of the Nigeria box. Nyondo's kick goes high and wide. Respite for Enyeama who has not had much to do unlike his opposite number
  • 34'
    Ambrose sees his shot parried out by Simplex after he profited from Musa's cut back. The Malawian goalie in inspired form so far
  • 31'
    Ahmed Musa goes for some cold water to cool the nerves, surely things are hotting up out on the pitch as expectations continue to soar up in the stands
  • 28'
    Anticipation of a goal from the near capacity crowd in the stadium, their voices rising at every opportunity made by the Eagles
  • 26'
    Moses shuffles and dribbles but is unable to break the defence of the Flames. A corner kick to Nigeria sees Moses hit the side netting for another corner. Surely something must give soon.
  • 25'
    Malawi win a corner kick after attacking from the left. Resultant kick is cleared by Nigeria
  • 23'
    Two minutes of possession and prodding by the Eagles ends up going into touch as the Eagles try to cope with the slippery pitch
  • 20'
    Resultant corner kick is nodded wide by Ambrose who was blocked by goalkeeper Simplex
  • 19'
    Free kick to Nigeria as Oduamadi is brought down but Emenike's shot is blocked for a corner kick
  • 18'
    Moses has seen his tantalising cross go wide without any Nigerian to strike home
  • 14'
    Real scare for Vincent Enyeama as the Flames showed that they can give as much as they are getting out there.
  • 14'
    Real scare for Vincent Enyeama as the Flames showed that they can give as much as they are getting out there.
  • 12'
    Musa saw an opportunity declared offside as he was released by Mikel. Onazi's shot also went just wide as the Nigerians continue in search of an early goal with this very attack-minded formation.
  • 8'
    The action has been flowing evenly thus far, with Nigeria hugging most of the possession however, they are yet to create clear cut opportunities to punish Simplex in the Malawi goal.
  • 3'
    Yellow Card Limbikani Mzava
  • 3'
    This game has been lively so early with Moses winning a free kick which then fell to Ahmed Musa but was shot over the bar. Lots of intent on the side of the Eagles
  • 1'
    KICK OFF! Malawi start us off here.
  • National anthems being performed now, first Malawi's and then Nigeria's.
  • A note of warning from @TolanyPaul16: "Not always been great for Nigeria's football when it rains, it's a wet pitch but hope the boys do enough to qualify."
  • Some cheering news about the Nigeria Police men on duty in Calabar, they all stayed at their duty posts even as the rains pelted them. Nice work lads.
  • @Franklinmassman has just told all the Nigerians to calm down, read him: "I love your words but know that the Malawians also came for business, they should not underrate them. All the best for the good team"
  • Fear not folks, the match has been given the okay to go ahead. Look forward to an explosive game this afternoon because the fans have defied all the gloom and thronged this stadium for a massive football fest.
  • Another thought being expressed about the state of the pitch by @ugodon4air: I think it's gonna be a tight encounter, considering the state of the pitch now. My prediction NIG1-0 MLW
  • These are the officials for today's game: Referee: Hamada NAMPIANDRAZA (MAD), Assistant Referee 1: Velomanana JINORO (MAD), Assistant Referee 2: Jean DJAONIRINA (MAD) and Fourth official: Seth JAOVANONA (MAD) They are all from the beautiful island of Madagascar
  • Some interesting thought about the state of the pitch from @Victor_O_Abati: The wet state of the pitch might give room for surprises if the game gets underway. I predict a 3-1 win in favour of the Eagles.
  • It's now exactly an hour to kick off, Nigeria vs Malawi in rainy Calabar. Which of these teams will make it to the play off stage of African qualifying for Brazil 2014? Will it be the African champions, the Super Eagles or will they be scorched by the Flames?
  • Are there any Malawians following this thread? Get in touch, want to know the felling out there in Lilongwe. Tweet at me via @jololade
  • Still more comments about that line up: @godsonbarca says - "playing Musa in midfield could prove to be a disaster but we can only hope for the best " while @Jascopassion says "the line up is not bad, guess Keshi is going for attacking football. I see Nigeria trumping them, 3-1."
  • Even as the rains keep pouring down, the fans are not deterred, they keep arriving in huge numbers. Goal deputy editor Babajide Alaka says that there is a looming fear that the game could be postponed. It's all about the weather. But like we used to do when we were kids, let us sign, "Rain rain go away, the Super Eagles want to play!"
  • It has been raining in Calabar and this has caused the pitch to be soaked. Match officials are walking round inspecting the pitch to ensure that it's good enough to play on. Remember that Calabar is a city that enjoys lots of rainfall
  • Massive punditry from @Victor_O_Abati who thinks he's figured out Keshi's intentions. Hear him: " I think having Musa in the middle of the park isnt bad considering his recent form as a good match up for Malawis midfield of 5."
  • Some interesting predictions coming in to me now, with high scorelines being predicted. @Lanresola expects it to end 3-0 for Nigeria while @teamCAZORLA expects 2-0. However, @Desmond4198 sees it ending 1-1 in Calabar. Keep it coming guys
  • What do you think of Stephen Keshi's decision to play Ahmed Musa in midfield? Tweet your thoughts @jololade
  • Emerging line up for Nigeria in this game looks like this:Enyeama; Ambrose, Oboabona, Egwuekwe, Echiejile; Onazi, Mikel, Musa; Oduamadi, Emenike, Moses. Nigeria will start with their favoured 4-3-3. Malawi XI: (GK) Simplex NTHARA, Atusaye NYONDO, Foster NAMWERA, Russel MWAFULIRWA, Moses CHAVULA, James SANGALA, Joseph KAMWENDO, Chimango KAYIRA, Limbikani MZAVA, Robin NGALANDE 4-5-1
  • Welcome to Goal.com's coverage of the 2014 Fifa World Cup Brazil qualification match between Nigeria and Malawi in Calabar. My name is Lolade Adewuyi and I'll be bringing you events from this important game. Remember that both of these teams could still qualify for the play off stage. Nigeria lead Group F by 8 points while Malawi have 6 points. Do you have any predictions or comments? Send them to me via Twitter and you could see your comments on this thread: @jololade