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WC Qualification Africa

  • 23 March 2013
  • • 17:00
  • • U.J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar
  • Referee: J. Bondo
  • • Attendance: 7475
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Live Commentary

  • We're going to take the discussion on to Twitter now, please send your observations and views to us: @goalcomNigeria and @jololade. It was nice being your eyes during this game today. Let's catch up again soon. Signing out, Lolade Adewuyi
  • What a huge relief for everyone around me, it was a big challenge for the African champions who got one back just in time before the end. Bravo to Kenya for putting up a brave performance.
  • 90'
    And it's the final whistle now, the referee signals for the end of the game. Nigeria barely escape from the claws of defeat. Kenya will go back home very proud of their efforts
  • 90'
    GOAL!!! Oduamadi scores for Nigeria, a massive equaliser for the African champions in the nick of time
  • 90'
    Five minutes of added time here in Calabar as the hosts search for an equalizer.
  • 88'
    Substitution David Gateri Edwin Lavatsa
  • 88'
    Goal Nnamdi Oduamadi
  • 88'
    Yellow Card Arnold Origi Otieno
  • 87'
    Subtitutions: Kenya - Dennis Oliech out, in Christian Mwenewata Nigeria John Ogu in, V Moses out
  • 86'
    Ideye misses opportunity to score as ball falls to him from Mikel's miss-kick but Origi stops him.
  • 85'
    Kenyan coach Adel Amrouche has been sent off - sent into the stands as the game enters the last five minutes
  • 83'
    Yellow Card F. Kahata
  • 83'
    I get a feeling that if this game ends this way, Nigerians might need to switch off their Twitter accounts for the next month otherwise they would get a roasting from Kenyans on Twitter, the massive KOT party.
  • 81'
    Ahmed Musa tries a spectacular scissors kick but misses and instead knocks a Kenyan defender. The ball falls to Oduamadi who tries to cross into the box is taken away
  • 80'
    Scramble in the Kenyan goal as the Nigerians try to force their way in thereby fouling goalkeeper Origi
  • 78'
    Francis Kahata almost scored the second for Kenya but just shoots wide of Vincent Enyeama If you missed my article about the Twitter war that increased the stakes going into this game, please check it out here: http://www.goal.com/en-ng/news/4082/editorial/2013/03/23/3847306/twitter-war-increases-the-stake-in-nigeria-and-kenya-game
  • 76'
    From Kolade Oni: "Super Eagles' technical bench seems confused with all members sitting anxious, with bated breath." If it was me, I'd feel worse. Come on boys! Okay, I'm trying to be as neutral as possible, but...e no easy
  • 75'
    Substitution Dennis Oliech C. Bwamy
  • 75'
    Substitution Sunday Mba Nnamdi Oduamadi
  • 75'
    Another Nigeria corner kick from Moses but Mikel's header is blocked. Crowd anxious now.
  • 74'
    Substitutions: Oduamadi in, Mba out (Nigeria) Jumba in for Kenya
  • 72'
    Yellow Card Dennis Oliech
  • 72'
    A tweet from Kenyan @maswayi "following you from Beijing, livestream not working you are my only source. fingers crossed" So happy we're able to help our fans out there. Remember you can hit me up on Twitter: @jololade
  • 70'
    I can hear the Calabar fans screaming now: "All we are saying, give us one goal!!!" Can the Eagles hear that?
  • 69'
    For the Nigerians to get back into this game, surely one of their big stars from the Afcon needs to step up and take the bull by the horns. This is where Mikel and Moses need to show their leadership skills in pushing the team forward.
  • 64'
    Turning and turning in an increasingly tightening Kenyan defense (hope you got my slight reference to both WB Yeats and Chinua Achebe who reccently passed), Victor Moses is unable to create the chances that his team needs from that left wing. The Harambee Stars have sealed up defense as Wanyama tries to free Ochieng with a quick one. Omeruo kicks the ball out.
  • 63'
    Ideye shoots straight at Origi after Onazi gets him free inside the box. Kenyans playing defense now, I think as the game wears on they will park the bus. Suits them well but the home fans must be biting their fingers
  • 60'
    Substitution Obafemi Martins Ahmed Firaz Moosa
  • 59'
    Substitution: Ahmed Musa in, Obafemi Martins out. The new Seattle Sounders man misses another opportunity to get himself back in the consciousness of the national team handlers
  • 57'
    Kolade Oni tells me: "The Eagles still have enough reasons to be motivated despite being a goal down. Peak Man of the Match prize is $5000 USD, Tom Tom Man of the Match is worth $5000 USD and $2000 USD for each goal scored." Get me on that pitch let me make some money o, I want to score!
  • 55'
    Possession is in favour of Nigeria 70-30. I'm sure the Kenyans don't care as long as they're in the lead
  • 52'
    Martins, Moses, Mba, Mikel...Nigeria's M-quartet striving hard to break down this solid Kenyan defense but failing over and over. How frustrating it must be for the fans to see this game go on like this.
  • 51'
    Substitution Jamal Mohammed Peter Opiyo
  • 51'
    Some interesting stats coming from our Kenya desk: "Francis Kahata becomes only the second Kenyan player after legend JJ Masiga to score against Super Eagles in Nigeria. Masiga did it in that 3-1 loss in 1985 or 86?" Thanks Dennis
  • 47'
    If Nigeria do not score early, we might be seeing changes from Stephen Keshi soon. But if I can predict the Big Boss, he'll leave his changes late. We had a running battle during the Afcon about his timing
  • 45'
    Welcome to the second half as Kenya lead Nigeria in Calabar. Nigeria in search of the equaliser and they earn a free kick
  • Kenyan @benankuito tells me via Twitter: "Harambee Stars not doing bad after a terrible welcome in Nigeria. Let’s see 2nd half. Super Eagles not crows."
  • Our man in Calabar Kolade Oni says: "Despite being a goal down, members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club are still cheering the Eagles ceaselessly. It is a rare show of sportsmanship." I've observed that there are no Kenyan supporters in the stadium, surely the Nigerian supporters must make their numbers count and drum up more support for their team to ensure they can score in this game.
  • Tell us what you think about this first half result. Kenya leading by one goal in Calabar where Nigeria have never lost a game.
  • Nigeria still in search of that elusive goal. Kenya stay strong and the referee calls time on the first half. Who would have believed that Kenya would be in the lead here in Calabar?
  • 45' + 45'
    Yellow Card Arnold Origi Otieno
  • 44'
    After that Kenya goal: "Noise all over in Nairobi from people watching in bars. Fans have started having belief that victory can be achieved." From Goal.com Kenya Chief Editor Dennis Mabuka
  • 44'
    Another opportunity lost by Nigeria as Victor Moses' shot is kept by Origi. The referee then calls a free kick against Kenya for time wasting inside the 18 yard box.
  • 41'
    Moses shoots just wide after turning his marker in the box. Nerves growing in Calabar? Tell us what you think about the Kenyan goal. Surely well deserved. Twitter: @goalcomNigeria or @jololade
  • 39'
    Substitution Victor Moses John Ogochukwu Ogu
  • 39'
    Nigeria try to respond immediately after that goal but Ideye is unable to reach the cross. Surely the African champions are going to need to try other forms of attack to break down this defense
  • 36'
    Goal F. Kahata
    He buries it in the top left corner of Vincent Enyeama's goal in only his fifth cap for his country
  • 36'
    A yellow card to Echiejile as Kenya take a free kick. And it's a goaalll!! Francis Kahata
  • 35'
    Goal F. Kahata
  • 35'
    Yellow Card Uwa Elderson Echiejile
  • 34'
    Yellow Card Uwa Elderson Echiejile
  • 32'
    Jamal causing some problems in the Nigeria box but Dennis Ochieng is ruled off side as he attempted to get on the end of the cross. The Kenyans are getting more confident now, this game is surely opening up now. Possession now 58-42, the Harambee Stars getting more time on the ball.
  • 30'
    Echiejile breaks down the left but his cross flies wide as no Nigerian head could convert it - so close yet so far. A scramble in the penalty box and Mikel goes down but referee waves play on
  • 28'
    Yellow Card Johanna Ochieng Omolo
  • 27'
    Yellow Card Johanna Ochieng Omolo
  • 27'
    Sunday Mba is tackled from behind by Omolo Ochieng who gets the first booking of the game
  • 25'
    Nigeria thought they had finally taken the but Obafemi Martins is adjudged off side before his kick settled into the net after a pass from Moses. I sense a goal coming soon, surely something's got to give? What do you think guys? Hit us up on Twitter and give us your thoughts - @goalcomNigeria or @jololade
  • 23'
    An attempt by Brown Ideye to chip the ball over the goalkeeper fails as Origi is up to the task and plucks the ball out of the air easily
  • 22'
    Nigeria almost take the lead as Moses gets a fast break but his kick is stopped by Origi. The resultant corner kick is almost put in by Ogenyi Onazi's header but it's just cleared off the line by Jamal.
  • 21'
    For the first time in the game, we see the Kenyans make a good attempt at attacking, after all that's what football is all about.
  • 19'
    Kenya win their first free kick near the Nigerian back line as Dennis Oliech is brought down. It's hot out there as the players take a breather, taking in water. The resultant free kick by Victor Wanyama heads straight for the wall and for a throw in
  • 17'
    Onazi wins a tackle in midfield and launches another long aerial ball but Martins is unable to grab the chance as he's marked by two towering defenders
  • 15'
    Nigeria shaving possession so far, 60-40. Another aerial ball cleared by the tall Kenyans
  • 13'
    Opportunities are hard to come by but it's the Nigerians pushing forward as they try to break down the Kenyan defense.
  • 11'
    The Nigerians have held the bulk of possession thus far. They have tried long balls but the Stars have kept them out. The Kenyans would need to come out at some period in this game to create opportunities of their own and take off the pressure on their defense
  • 9'
    Brown Ideye is brought down on the right side, Moses stands over the ball but his kick is headed out by Mandela. The Stars are taller than the Eagles, you get a feeling that if the African champions will get anything in this game, it wouldn't be from aerial balls
  • 7'
    A free kick to Nigeria is taken by Mikel but Origi takes it up in the air as he jumps above every other player
  • 5'
    Victor Moses and Obafemi Martins play a one-two which is put out for a corner. The resulting kick does not find any player and goes out for a goal kick to the Harambee Stars. Origi takes the kick
  • 3'
    You can sense both teams sizing each other up, it's caution at the opening stages of this encounter
  • 1'
    Nigeria take the kick off, it's game on
  • The Africa Cup of Nations trophy is on display at the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar. The golden diadem is tantalising to the eyes. Let's see if the Super Eagles will live up to their reputation today against the Harambee Stars
  • National anthems and pre-match formalities being done now as both teams line up on the pitch.
  • Our man Kolade Oni says both teams have finished warming up now and have headed into th dressing room. Match will kick off by 4pm (GMT 1). According to Kolade, "unlike the previous matches in Calabar which attracted unprecedented turn out of fans, with less than an hour left, the crowd has not turned up as expected today."
  • The starting squads are out for both sides. Nigeria: Enyeama, Kwambe, Echiejile, Oboabona, Omeruo, Mikel, Onazi, Mba, Moses, Martins, Ideye Kenya: Origi, Ndeto, D. Ochieng, Mandela, Owino, Omollo, Wanyama, Jamal, Kahata, Gateri, Oliech
  • Welcome to Goal.com's Live Text commentary of the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualification match between Nigeria and Kenya at the U.J Esuene Stadium in Calabar, Cross River State. It's a beautiful afternoon in Calabar according to our correspondent on the ground Kolade Oni. We will be giving you all the details, behind the scenes and all in this game. Stay tuned to our coverage. My name is Lolade Adewuyi and you can communicate with me via Twitter: @goalcomNigeria or my personal handle @Jololade be glad to respond to requests. So I say in all our languages: Ekaabo (Yoruba), Nno (Igbo), Sanu dazuwa (Hausa). And in my little Swahili - Karibu!