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Super Eagles beat Niger Tornadoes

19 December 2013, 13:32Israel Ojoko

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 Wednesday evening.

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 encounter.

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.

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