Abuja - The Super Eagles continued their build-up for the 2014 Championship for African Nations Championship in South Africa with a 2-0 trouncing of Niger Tornadoes of Minna on
The encounter was watched by a sparse crowd as the
Minna side gave the Eagles a run for their money. The side now managed by
former Flying Eagles and Dream Team Coach, Godwin Koko Uwa, was up to the task,
forcing the Eagles to their end of the pitch in the first ten minutes of the
Head coach, Stephen Keshi, started with a very strong squad
with captain, Chigozie Agbim, in goal Azubuike Egwueke, Yinka Adedeji, Solomon
Kwambe and Ogonna Osuchukw holding sway in the defence.
Christian Pyagbara, Rabiu Ali held sway in the midfield
while Gbolahan Salami, Barnabas Imenger and hard-working Abubakar Aliyu were
the preferred strikers.
Imenger got the Eagles on the score sheet 14 minutes into
the encounter after Abubakar was brought down for a free kick. Ali flicked it
in and after Abubakar and Pyagbara shots were blocked, Imenger coolly slotted
in for the opener.
Thereafter, it was Eagles all the way with Imenger, Ali,
Abubakar and Egwuekwe all coming close but the first half ended 1-0. But not
without incidence as Agbim, was made to pull off a fantastic save with a tip of
his fingers in the 44th minute of the highly robust encounter.
In the second half, the Eagles introduced Sunday Mba, Taiwo
Awoniyi, Ejike Uzoenyi, newcomers
Obannor Erhune and Ikeleji Bello who surprisingly acquitted themselves
well and Eaglets goalie, Sunday Alampasu who was a commanding presence in goal
with his control of the defence line.
But the crunchy play of Tornadoes and misses from Mba, Ejike
and Rangers’ Christian Obiozor kept the scoreline at the same until in the 82nd
minute when Ejike was brought down in the vital area and diminutive Ikechukwu
‘Small’ Azubuike stepped forward to dispatch the penalty to ensure the game end
2-0 in favour of the Super Eagles.