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Written by Manager2
Sunday, 24 March 2013 08:25
NIGERIA'S Super Eagles put in a disappointing performance yesterday during their World Cup qualifier with Kenya in Calabar just managing to scrape a 1-1 draw thanks to an injury time goal by Nnamdi Oduamadi.
Still basking in the euphoria of the African Cup of Nations victory last month, Nigerian fans had thronged to the stadium expecting the Super Eagles to steam roller over the Kenyans. However, the team appeared jaded and struggled to find its rhythm and was only lucky to secure a point with the last kick of the game.
Against the run of play, Kenya's Francis Kahata gave the Harambee Stars the lead with a sweetly struck free-kick in the 36th minute, silencing the vocal Calabar crowd. His well curled finish gave goalkepeer Vincent Enyeama no chance and the Kenyans held on to their lead until the half time break.
Upon resumption, Nigeria enjoyed the lion's share of possession, camping out in the Kenyan half but the Eagles failed to create any meaningful chances that their dominance deserved. Obafemi Martins had a golden opportunity with the goal at his mercy but his header was deflected over the crossbar.
Martins was later replaced with Ahmed Musa, while Sunday Mba who was also unanimous in the midfield was replaced by Odumadi. Victor Moses then made way for John Ogu and these changes brought more verve to the Eagles attack.
As the game progressed, Kenya demonstrated that they were content to merely preserve their lead as they got men behind the ball and defended resolutely. In the 93rd minute, however, Nigeria got her deserved equaliser when Oduamadi profiting from a goalmouth scramble to poke the ball home from close range.
Nigeria continues to lead Group F despite of the unexpected setback as the Eagles are now tied on five points with Malawi who beat Namibia 1-0 in Windhoek. After the match, there were no celebration as the Eagles players and their coaches seem drained by the encounter.
When the game ended, the Kenyans protested that the Botswana referee John Bondo added additional minutes after regulation time and this enabled the Eagles to equalize. As they game dragged on, they had resorted to time wasting and picked up several yellow cards as a result.
Kenneth Omeruo who emerged the man of the match received $5,000 from the game's sponsors Tom Tom, as did Odumadi, the striker who plays for Serie B club Varese on loan from AC Milan. Omeruo said after the match: “It was not an easy game.
"We were confident that we were going to beat them but this was not to be. We created a lot of chances but we couldn’t put them away.”
Having already dropped an unnecessary point away in Malawi in September last year, the Super Eagles now need to win their three remaining games to be certain of qualification. Nigeria is away to Kenya and Namibia in June and is then at home to Malawi in September.
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