25 January 2014

Nigeria/Morocco: Super Eagles Book Semi-Final Ticket in Dramatic Fashion

Photo: CAF
The super Eagles made a dramatic come-back to book a semi-finals spot.

Nigeria's home based Super Eagles have qualified for the semi-final of the African Nations Championship, CHAN, after a 4-3 victory over Morocco.

A shambolic first half performance by the home based Eagles could have seen the team crash out of the competition being played in South Africa. However, the Coach Stephen Keshi tutored side played the game of their life to upturn a 3-0 deficit suffered in the first half.

The North Africans netted three goals inside seven minutes in the first half as they led the Eagles.

Moutouali got a brace for the Atlas Lions, scoring in the 33rd and 40th minute; while Lajour was on target in the 37th minute.

While many felt it was all over, the Eagles through Ugona Uzochukwu began what turned out to be a memorable comeback as he scored four minutes into the second half before Rabiu Ali reduced the deficit, scoring in the 56th minute.

Nigerian fans had their hearts till the 90th minute when Ejike Uzoenyi completed the comeback with a well taken strike.

Incidentally the Eagles could have wrapped up the game afterwards but Barnabas Imenger's effort was inches over the bar, a situation that saw the thrilling quarter final duel stretch into extra time of 15minutes in each of two halves.

Nigeria started the better side in the extra time period but again failed to convert the early chances created.

The Eagles waited till the 111th minute before Aliyu Ibrahim scored what proved to be the winner and send Nigeria into the semi final. Nigeria has now scored 12 goals in the competition so far, the highest by any team.

The seven goals scored in the match is also the highest in any single match in the history of CHAN.

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