Two Chelsea FC of England players scored half of the Super Eagles goals.
Nigerian Super Eagles comfortably beat their Liberian opponent, 6-1, to qualify for the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa.
The goals were scored by Efe Ambrose, Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses (2), Mikel Obi, and Ikechukwu Uche.
The game kicked off with a one minute silence in honour of people killed in Aluu, Rivers State; and Mubi, Adamawa State.
The Super Eagles got off to a flying start on Saturday evening at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar as defender Efe Ambrose put Nigeria ahead in the 1st minute of the game.
The Eagles had the chance to increase the tally with several missed chances in the first half. Ahmed Musa eventually made it 2-0 before the end of the first half.
The second half started in the same way as the first as Victor Moses scored just two minutes into the second half to put the score at 3-0. Nigerian midfielder, Nosa Igiebor, was brought down in the Liberian penalty box a minute later. Chelsea of England midfielder, Mikel Obi, calmly slotted the penalty kick into the Liberian net to put the score at 4-0.
Ike Uche replaced Emmanuel Emenike in the 52nd minute with Nigeria leading.
Liberia were reduced to 10-men as their captain was sent off in the 69th minute after a second yellow card.
Less than 20 minutes after coming in, Ike Uche scored for Nigeria to make the score 5-0. The Liberian team however got a conciliatory goal to make the score 5-1.
Nigeria made her second and third substitution in the 76th and 81st minute as Brown Ideye replaced Nosa Igiebor, and Onazi Eddy replaced Obiora Nwankwo in the Nigerian midfield.
Victor Moses scored his second of the game with a header after a good cross from his Chelsea teammate, Mikel Obi. The goal was Nigeria’s 6th and ensured the match ended 6-1 in favour of the Eagles.
The aggregate score for the encounter is 8-3 after both teams played a 2-2 draw in the first leg in Liberia.
Nigeria will now join 15 other African teams in next year’s African Cup of Nations to be hosted by South Africa.