Nigeria 2-0 Ethiopia (Agg 4-1): Moses & Obinna send Super Eagles to World Cup

Nigeria will be playing in next summer's World

Cup in Brazil after defeating Ethiopia 2-0 on

Saturday to seal a 4-1 aggregate play-off


After winning the first leg 2-1 in Addis Ababa

last month, Victor Moses' 20th-minute penalty

and substitute Victor Obinna's late free-kick

earned Stephen Keshi's side a 4-1 aggregate

victory and secured their place at the finals for

a fifth time in six attempts.

The hosts were strong favourites coming into

the game, with the added benefit of two away

goals from the first leg, and when Aynalem

Hailu was deemed to have handled the ball

inside the area, Moses dispatched the penalty

leaving the visitors needing two goals just to

force extra time.

In truth, Sewnet Bishaw's side created little,

and when Obinna thumped home a 25-yard

free-kick with eight minutes remaining it

sealed a comfortable passage for Nigeria.

The hosts made two changes from the first leg

with Brown Ideye and Kenneth Omeruo

returning to the starting XI, while coach

Bishaw made four alterations for Ethiopia, with

first-leg goalscorer Behailu Assefa among those

to miss out.

Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike, who netted a

brace in the first leg, was the first to threaten,

the striker seeing his close-range volley

acrobatically parried away by Sisay Bancha in

the sixth minute.

But it was a controversial incident that saw the

home side take the lead 14 minutes later when

defender Hailu was harshly adjudged to have

handled the ball in the area.

The defender attempted to block a cross from

the left, with the ball striking his thigh and

bouncing up onto his right arm.

The referee pointed to the spot despite strong

protests from the visiting players, before

Moses stepped up to send Bancha the wrong

way from 12 yards.

Ideye twice wasted opportunities to extend

Nigeria's lead before the break, heading

narrowly wide from Ogenyi Onazi's right-wing

cross on the half-hour mark before blazing

over after Bancha had parried Onazi's effort

two minutes before the interval.

In a largely uneventful second half, Bancha

rushed from his line to deny Emenike on the

hour, before Obinna – on as a 79th-minute

replacement for Moses – sent a vicious dipping

free-kick beyond Bancha.

The goalkeeper really should have done better,

wafting an arm at the ball as it flew past him,

but it was of no concern to Nigeria, sparking

scenes of celebration at the final whistle.


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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