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Super Eagles CHAN 2014 3rd/4th playoff encounter against Zimbabwe from the Cape Town
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Super Eagles vs Zimbabwe
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FULL TIME: Nigeria 1-0 Zimbabwe. Nigeria finish the African Nations Championship in third place.
17:52 90th min - Four minutes of stoppage time have been indicated.
17:49 89th min - Agbim is in need of assistance, his right shoulder is giving him trouble again.
17:48 88th min - The deadlock is finally broken! Gorowa's men almost held their nerve, but it ain't over till the fat lady sings.
17:45 GOAL!!!!! Nigeria 1-0 Zimbabwe Obiozor scores his first goal of the tournament. Text-book header down from the Rangers man.
17:44 84th min - Kuda Mahachi breaks away and fires a shot at Agbim who is almost pummeled into the net, but the captain saves well and finally Zimbabwe have a shot on goal.
17:42 82nd min - Ejike almost went clear as top-scorer in the competition but he went for placement instead of power. Chigova happily claimed the ball.
17:39 79th min - Nigeria have a corner, it's sent to the edge of the box and a hopeless shot is attempted. Ibrahim has a chance, but no real power behind the shot.
17:38 78th min - Ian Gorowa's men have parked the metaphorical bus. Remember, no extra-time to be played if we are level at 90 minutes, the teams will go straight to penalties.
17:35 75th min - For all Nigeria's numerical superiority , they haven't managed to make it count.
17:31 71st min - Deja vu for Obiozor as he strays into an offside position, the resulting shot cannons off the outside of the post.
17:29 69th min - Obiozor links up well and an inside pass to him finds the linesman's flag up for offside.
17:26 66th min - Rabiu Ali is being readied to take the field. Pyagbara thought he beat Chigova but the 'keeper collects under a heap. Pyagbara is replaced by Ali, can the Super Eagles score with just over 20 minutes left.
17:23 63rd min - Obiozor goes down under a hefty challenge and a free kick to Nigeria about 40 yards out. Kwambe lines up the kick but the ball sails over Chigova's goal. Nigeria have been poor in front of goal.
17:20 60th min - Half an hour to go. Nigeria are not stringing enough passes together to create a meaningful chances.
17:19 59th min - Zimbabwe have committed 13 fouls to Nigeria's 9 so far.
17:17 57th min - Chigova was down again, but the 'keeper seems to be okay now. Play gets underway.
17:11 51st min - The match has opened up nicely, free-flowing football. Double-susbstitution for Keshi's men.
17:09 49th min - Ejike Uzoenyi is being readied to come on.
17:07 47th min - Francis Benjamin is down and play is stopped. He seems to have pulled a muscle, he is receiving medical treatment.
17:05 The teams are back on the pitch and the second half is underway, Nigeria kicks off with neither side having made any changes to their teams. Remember that Zimbabwe are down to ten men after Mambere was sent-off for with a straight red-card for a high-footed challenge on Super Eagles captain Agbim.
16:51 Half-time score: Nigeria 0 - 0 Zimbabwe
16:45 45th min - As you can expect with all the stoppages, blame both 'keepers , the referee has deemed an extra five minutes of added time for the first period. Nigeria have been dominant, but their finishing has been under-par. Despite the Warriors losing Mabere early-on they have managed to carve out a few opportunities.
16:39 40th min - Nigeria's ability to break on the counter will come to the fore soon as Zimbabwe's attacks are turned around quickly by the pacey Nigerian side.
16:37 38th min - Ibrahim fires a fierce shot towards goal, but Chigova is equal to the task, good opportunity for the young man.
16:33 34th min - Warrior's keeper Chigova ís down again after Obiozor went on a fantastic run towards goal, but the ball was deemed to have crossed the back line.
16:29 30th min - Free kick to Nigeria, skids off the top of the wall and the ball gets cleared up field. Both teams take home $250 000 for finishing third and fourth respectively.
16:23 24th min - Finally play gets underway after Zimbabwe 'keeper George Chigova to receive treatment to his wrist.
16:20 21st min - Kwambe flies down the right flank and cuts in nicely, but concedes a free kick and the Warriors can breathe, slightly. The match has been
16:18 19th min - Thankfully Agbim is okay and back up. If the Super Eagles weren't favourites before the match, they are overwhelming favourites now.
16:16 17th min - Agbim takes a boot to the chest from Mambere and Zimbabwe are down to ten men. That was seriously dangerous, let's hope Agbim is okay. The Super Eagles captain took a boot to the shoulder, but it could have been a lot worse.
16:12 13th min - The match has quietened down a bit , but one can't help appreciate the skill shown by the Nigerians , especially in midfield. Quick feet and slight touches are the order of the day, lovely to watch. Nice open expansive football illustrated by the West Africans.
16:08 9th min - It's been all Nigeria in the opening 10 minutes. They've been gung-ho in their approach but the Warriors are finally making their way down to Agbims goal. The 'keeper dives to intercept a cross from the right hand side.
16:07 8th min - Abubakar Ibrahim is cautioned for simulation, but the referee deems the penalty appeal invalid. Ibrahim can feel hard done by though.
16:05 6th min - Christian Pyagbara has a good chance to score from just outside the six yard box when the ball is crossed to him, but his chance goes begging past the upright.
16:04 5th min - Zimbabwe win a free kick just outside the Nigerian box, but the wall does its job.
16:01 2nd min - Nigeria have started the match well, slick passing and good interplay down the right flank.
16:00 1st min - And we're underway, the Super Eagles in their traditional all-green strip and Zimbabwe in their "second" strip, canary yellow.
0 - Nigeria will play from left to right, but before that a minutes applause for former South African president, Nelson Mandela.
0 - Nigerian national anthem is done and handshakes are exchanged.
0 - The teams have made their way out onto the pitch and the Zimbabwean national anthem will be sung first.
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.
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.
Zimbabwe : 1
Masimba Mambare Red Card
-Super Eagles midfielder, Ejike Uzoenyi has confessed that he almost passed out when Kwabena Adusei elbowed him leading to a minor concussion.