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As it happened: Nigeria vs Mozambique

15 January 2014, 17:18

Welcome to News24 Nigeria's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary of the Super Eagles CHAN 2014 encounter against Mozambique from the Cape Town stadium in South Africa.

Super Eagles VS Mozambique

Updates by Sean Parker

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Full- time score: Nigeria 4 - 2 Mozambique

20:49 90th min - Nigeria made amends with an above-par second half performance. But Keshi will still worry about whether his side can start games well and not lose concentration in the opening stages. That has been their downfall in these two games. 

20:45 88th min - GOAL!!!!!! NIGERIA 4 - 2 Mozambique the substitute  Barnabas Imenger dinks one over Pinto in goal to seal the match for Nigeria and surely hand them their first win of Chan.

20:44 87th min - Can the Super Eagles hold on for a scrappy win over the Mamba's from Mozambique? They have just under three more minutes of normal time. 

20:39 82nd min - Mazive is brought down deep in the Nigerian half. Dangerous free-kick, can the Mozambicans draw level? But it is fizzed in and no one can get their head to it. 

20:38 80th min - Salami is replaced by Barnabas Imenger for the last 10 or so minutes. 

20:33 76th min - Both sets of players have flung their bodies into the air for headers for most of the game, I'm surprised there has not been a head injury as we head into the last quarter of the game. 

20:32 75th min - Ede had his shot cleared off the line, but a two-goal lead is still proving elusive for the Super Eagles. 

20:29 72nd min - Just under 20 minutes left in this match , and the Super Eagles don't look home and dry with their one-goal lead. 

20:24 67th min - Nigeria win a dangerous free-kick, but Ede can't  keep his header down after a great cross gets floated in from the right. 

20:22 65th min - 20 minutes have been played in the second half, Keshi will be happy with the offensive display thus far. 

20:19 62nd min - Linoto replaces goalscorer Diogo for Mozambique. 

20:17 60th min - Nigeria may have taken the lead, but it was well-deserved. 

20:11 GOAL!!!! NIGERIA 3 - 2 MOZAMBIQUE  Rabiu Ali score his second of the game , this time from the penalty spot. 

20:10 53rd min - Referee awards a penalty, after Dario was penalised for handball. 

20:09 52nd min - Super Eagles are probing well, with sustained pressure inside the Mozambican half. 

20:07 50th min - A long throw in for Nigeria, headed away by Dario , but the referee did not signal for a corner. 

20:02 45th min And we are underway again in Cape Town.

Half-time score Nigeria 2- 2 Mozambique

19:45 45th min - Nigeria lost Ugonna Uzochukwu to injury in the first half, Keshi will need to breathe fire in the dressing room, once again to rally his charges up. Nigeria will return to a very dissapointed country if they are knocked out tonight, against lowly opposition. 

19:40 41st min - Under five minutes to go to half-time, the Nigerian defence have had a poor first half. They look disorganised and Agbim has not been marshaling his troops as well as he did against Mali. 

19:35 36th min - Neither team has managed to cotton together a string of passes. Instead the need to hack the ball forward like a woodcutter has been used. Apart from the flurry of goals at the beginning, this match has been devoid of any decent soccer. 

19:31 32nd min - Nigeria has been forced into a substitution. 

19:22 23rd min - We've seen four goals in the first twenty minutes. Both teams are not letting up, with wave after wave of attack. It's been end-to-end stuff. 

19:19 20th min - GOAL!!! Mozambique make it 2-2!!

19:17 18th min- Ladies and gentlemen, let's just take a breather after we saw three goals hit the back of then net in under four minutes. It was chaotic, but the Super Eagles have the lead and Keshi will be happy with the intensity of his players. 

19:12 13th min - GOAL!!!! NIGERIA GO UP 2-1 Rabiu Ali scores a thunderous goal to give Nigeria the lead. What a game so far!

19:10 11th min - GOAL!!!!! NIGERIA 1-1 Ifeanyi Ede scores fortuitously from a cross to bring the Super Eagles level. 

19:09 10th min - GOAL!!!!!!! Mozambique 1-0 

19:08 9th min - Ede this time blown up for a handball. 

19:06 7th min - Ejike is the first player in the match to be booked, after he tumbled in the Mozambican box, he handled the ball. 

19:05 6th min - Nigeria look settled early on , something their game lacked on Sunday against Mali. 

19:02 3rd min - Ede has the first opportunity for the West Africans, however he is thwarted by the Mozambican 'keeper. 

19:00 1st min -  We're underway in Cape Town, on this summer evening. Both teams tasted defeat in their opening matches. 

0 - Mozambique will kick us off, with Nigeria playing from left to right.
0 - What a beautiful evening in the Cape Town it is, as many of you may know South Africa and Mali drew 1-1 in the earlier match. This means both Nigeria and Mozambique need to win to stay in the competition.


Starting line-ups:

Super Eagles:1 Chigozie Agbim, 2 Solomon Kwambe, 4 Ugonna Uzochukwu, 5 Kunle Odunlami, 6 Azubuike Egwuekwe, 7 Ejike Uzoenyi, 8 Rabiu Ali, 9 Gbolahan Salami, 18 Bright Esieme, 19 Abdulahi Shehu, 20 Ifeanyi Ede.

Reserves: 10 Christian Pyagbara, 11 Barnabas Imenger, 12 Aliyu Abubakar, 14 Ikechukwu Gabriel, 15 Zango Umar, 16 Daniel Akpeyi, 17 Chinonso Obiozor, 21 Dele Alampasu, 22 Joshua Obaje, 23 Erhun Obanor.


Recent games:

- The Super Eagles have met Mozambique on four previous occasions, the first clash was way back in 1999, when a solitary strike by Gabriel Okolosi settled the friendly in Maputo.

- The teams met 10 years later courtesy of being drawn in Group B of the 2010 World Cup qualifiers, the first match on the 29th of March 2009 ended in a stalemate in Mozambique, but the Super Eagles got their revenge by trouncing the East Coast nation once again by a single goal at the Abuja stadium  in front of 20,000 fans. Victor Obinna was on the scoresheet on that occasion.

- The teams most recent encounter was at the 2010 African Nations Cup group stage, Peter Odemwingie settled the match with a brace on either side of the half-time whistle, and Obafemi Martins capped off a 3-0 win with a late strike. The Super Eagles went on to finish third in that tournament.

- Only five goals have been scored in four matches between these two nations, but the Super Eagles need to beat the tropical team and tonights match presents the best opportunity.

Latest news:

- Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has unveiled a tough starting 11 for their second game of the 2014 African Nations Championship against Mozambique on Wednesday. Keshi unveils tough squad against Mozambique


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