10 June 2012

Nigeria/Malawi: Flames Hold Super Eagles to 1-1 Draw

The Super Eagles yesterday were held to a 1-1 draw at the 25,000-capacity Kamuzu Banda Stadium in Blantyre, the commercial capital of Malawi. The 2014 World Cup qualifier Group F match was evidently dominated by the Nigerian side in the first half as the Super Eagles took the game to their hosts as if they are playing at home. The Super Eagles managed this feat despite the fact that the entire Kamuzu Banda Stadium was painted in the Malawian national colours of red.

The Nigerian side showed a positive approach parading five NPL players and held their own against a very spirited Malawian side lifted by home support. The match witnessed some intensity when the Flames goalie made a fine save off Victor Moses as the Eagles piled up the pressure in search of a goal at the 33rd minute.

True to the Malawian team's vow not to be frightened of the Super Eagles big names, the Malawian goalkeeper was outstanding as he also saved efforts by Victor Moses and Ike Uche in the 40th minute.

Despite the Eagles creating two clear chances to take the lead denied by the brilliance of goalkeeper Nthara, who denied both Victor Moses and Ike Uche, the Super Eagles had to settle for a goalless half.

The match remained goalless the entire second half and Gabriel Reuben scored a 90 minute goal to give the Nigerians a last minute winner. With an added extra time of two minutes, John Banda of Malawi scored at the 92nd minute to level the Malawian side with Keshi's Super Eagles.

In the other game Namibia beat Kenya 1-0, Namibia's win lifts them into second spot in Group F and Nigeria stay top of the group with 4 points.

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