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As it happened: Super Eagles v Ethiopia

11 October 2013, 15:41

Live commentary:

0:The teams have lined up on the field and are being greeted by the dignataries, including President Goodluck Jonathan. The cro

0: The stadium now quietens down for the national anthems.

0: Nigeria are clad in all-white, while the Antelopes are in their green and yellow.

0: All the officials are from Cameroon.

0: Nigeria are playing a 4-4-2, with Emenike just ahead of Victor Moses in attack.

14:00: Kick-off in Addis Abba. Ethiopia have the first minute of possession. 

14:01 Corner for Ethiopia who made the first attack of the match down the right hand flank.

14:03 A corner for the Super Eagles, played across the box to Obi-Mikel , but hes shot cannons into the defence.

14:05 Nigeria win a free-kick 10 metres outside the home teams box, Moses takes it and the off-side trap works with aplomb. 

14:10 10 minutes of the match gone, the teams are still level. But the Antelopes are passing the ball around nicely, with sightings of skill.

14:15 Debebe was almost caught by Moses, but the defender managed to claw the ball away. The pace of the match is frenetic pace.

14:18 Tasu, the goalkeeper comes to collect the free-kick , but completely misses the ball.

14:21 Mba had a glorious chance to give the Super Eagles the lead, but he completely miscued his shot, despite having no pressure on him. 

14:23 Girma found himself through on goal after good interplay in the Nigerian goal mouth.

14:24 Said Saladin finds himself through on goal and gets the ball pass  Vincent Enyeama, but is cleared off the line. Saladin celebrates like he has scored and the crowd goes crazy. But the referee does not award the goal and it remains goalless.

30 minutes gone in the first half, Said Saladin is brought down in the box but the Cameroonian referee does not award a penalty to the man who had a "goal" disallowed a few minutes ago.

Ahmed Musa has Nigeria's first shot on goal but it easily dealt with by Tasew in goal for the Antelopes.

Ethiopia has certainly had the lions share of possession and the better chances in the opening half an hour.

Said has a golden oppurtunity to score the first goal of the match, passing three players on the edge of the box, but he leans back at the very last minute and the ball heads for the atmosphere.

Nigeria bomb down with a counter-attack, but a tame shot from Emenike is dealt with.

14:40 Onazi lines up a free kick from about 35 metres out, the Lazio man rifles a shot over the cross-bar. Nigeria have been left to take shots from far out, as the strong Antelope defence hasn't allowed them much entry into their box.

14:43 Another wasted free-kick by the Super Eagles Onazi again fires up, after Emenike was fouled.

14:45 Said almost gives the home side the lead on the stroke of half-time, but Enyeama saves brilliantly and nothing comes of the resulting corner.


15:04 Nigeria kicks off the second half in Addis Ababa, with the crowd as boisterous as ever. The African champions will have a big task on their hands to beat the energetic Antelopes.   

15:09 Victor Moses hasn't made any impact on the match so far, Nigeria's foreign stars haven't been able to hold the ball for long periods to start any form of dominance. 

15:13 Mikel takes the free-kick , but gives it no effort and Ethiopia gather the ball easily and head down the field. Enyeama acrobatically comes out to clear into touch.

15:15 GOAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL! Assefa scores for Ethiopia!!!!

15:15 ETHIOPIA 1-0 Nigeria 0. Behailu Assefa 53rd min.

15:17 Assefa scores one of the most bizarre goals ever, a seemingly tame cross floats towards Enyeama who collects the ball but does not realise he is standing behind the goal line.

15:22 Victor Moses looks to hit back, he's through on goal but his shot is a tame one at Tasew.

15:23 The game is starting to liven up now. 

15:24 GOAL!!!!!!!! 1-1. Emenike levels things up in Addis Ababa with a thunderous strike, Tasew had no chance. 

15:24 ETHIOPIA 1-1 NIGERIA Emmanuel Emenike 67th min.

15:31 The second-leg will be played on the 16th of November.

15:31 The crowd is certainly not as loud as they were earlier.

15:34 Stephen Keshi will be happy with this scoreline, going into the last 15 minutes of the match.

15:35 Musa strikes the right-hand upright with a thunderous shot!

15:37 Nigeria are definitely in the ascendancy , the Ethiopians seem to have lost steam.

15:40 The Antelopes have a flurry of corners , but it amounts to nothing. Nigeria are controlling and passing the ball around in midfield.

15:41 We're into the final 7 minutes of normal time. Play has become scrappy, both teams unable to hold onto the ball.

15:42 Just as I say that, Said has a great chance in the six-yard box. But it's hacked away for a goal kick.  

15:47 Nigeria have been awarded a penalty. Emenike brought down in the box.

15:49 GOAL!!!!! 2-1 NIGERIA Emenike 90th min.

15:50 Emenike cooly slots home from the penalty spot to give the Super Eagles a priceless advantage late in the game.


15:55 The Super Eagles claimed a 2-1 win over the Antelopes of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa. The home side started the better of the two , taken the lead in the 57th minute via Asefa , but Emmanuel Emenike scored two goals to hand the African champions the win. 

Welcome to News24 Nigeria's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on the first leg of the 2014 World Cup Playoff clash between the Super Eagles and the Antelopes from the Ydnekachew Tesema Stadium in Addis Ababa.


Updates by Sean Parker

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Team news

Former Super Eagles coach Paul Hamilton has said Nigeria should aim for victory in Addis Ababa. He also said that Ethiopia is a vastly improved side. Read more here.

Cameroonian referee Neant Alioum will be taking charge of this game, world football governing body FIFA's appointment. For more information on the match officials, click here.

Despite a quick in and out for the battle of Addis by the Super Eagles, Nigeria will still be arriving with a huge contingent of fans.

Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi has dismissed speculation over his fitness ahead of Sunday's 2014 World Cup play-off in Ethiopia. Read details here.

Your predictions

The Super Eagles seem to be the overwhelming favourites for this game, judging by News24 Nigeria's Facebook page.

Here are some comments from our readers.

Ekeleihem Modestus: 
Nigeria will defeat Ethiopia with 2-1.

Prosper Oscar:
3 - 0... In favour of Nigeria.

Peter Chukwuma:
2 - 0 in favour of Nigeria. Up Naija!

Mudassir Lawan:
It is a top match so anything can happen but I wish my country, Naija, the best!

Abiola Qudrat:
Ethiopia is not a small team but I believe the Super Eagles will make it!

Hamisu Auwal:
It is going to be Eagle Eye... the Antelopes of Ethiopia be warned!

Wana Wanad: 
Nigeria is already destined by God to be at the world cup. We await the manifestation... love you Nigerians.


Starting line-ups:

Vincent Enyeama, Efe Ambrose, Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Elderson Echiéjilé - Ogenyi Onazi, John Obi Mikel, Ahmed Musa -Nnamdi Oduamadi, Victor Moses, Emmanuel Emenike

Reserves: John Ogu, Brown Ideye, Kwambe Solomon, Uchenna Nwofor, James Okwuosa, Austine Ejide, Obinna Nsofor, Sunday MBA, Nosa Igiebor, Chigozie Agbim, Benjamin Francis, Shola Ameobi.

Recent games

The Super Eagles are coming off a solid performance against Burkina Faso, who they beat 4 - 1 in a clash at Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna. Brown Ideye scored a brace in this entertaining game with Shola Ameobi and Emmanuel Emenike each adding a goal to the tally. 

The Antelopes likewise had a good performance against Central African Republic in a game contested in Brazzaville. They came out on top with a score of 2 -1. In their most recent encounter, the Super Eagles beat the Antelopes with a score of 2 - 0 at the Royal Bafoken Stadium in Phokeng, South Africa.

Interestingly enough, both teams recently beat South Africa's Bafana Bafana. The Super Eagles dominated the Gordon Igesund's team in an away friendly played at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban and sealed the win with a 2 - 0 scoreline. Ethiopia meanwhile ended Bafana Bafana's dreams of playing in the 2014 Wold Cup by beating them 2 - 1 at the very same stadium that this game will be contested.


The Super Eagles take on the Wayla Antelopes in a crucial Word Cup play-off clash in Addis Ababa. The Super Eagles are considered the favourites in the game, with an international ranking of 36th. Ethiopia are ranked quite a way off at 93rd place.

The teams have met seven times before, with Nigeria winning four matches, two draws and a famous win for Ethiopia in a 1994 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

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