MATCH REPORT: Nigeria earned passage into the final round of Caf qualification for World Cup 2014 with a 2-0 victory over Malawi in Calabar this evening.
Goals from returning Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses was all Nigeria needed to move into ye final play-off rounds
The game began on a very competitive note with Liverpool loan signing Moses and Ahmed Musa tormenting the James Sangala-anchored Malawian defence.
Despite gaining most of the ball possession, Nigeria failed to get any significant shot on goal to trouble the much comfortable Malawians. 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.
As the first half approached its end, Emenike put Nigeria ahead with a very cool finish off a superb pass from Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi.
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 unnecessarily brought down by the Malawian captain 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.
Newcastle forward Shola Ameobi was brought in on the 84th minute for his competitive debut for Nigeria , Nosa Igiebor and Uche Nwofor were also introduced into the match
Mikel Obi was announced Man-Of-The match for his superlative display i the midfield for Nigeria and went away with 5 thousand dollars.
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 on September 16th