AfCON 2013: Eagles move to Durban

Super Eagles of Nigeria
The Eagles

The Super Eagles would leave Rustenburg on Monday for Durban, venue of their semi-final duel with the Eagles of Mali on Wednesday.

The Nigerian team on Sunday defeated tournament favourites, Cote d’ Ivoire, to qualify for the last four.

Wednesday’s showdown at the Moses Mabhida Stadium is a big opportunity for the Eagles to make amends after failing to qualify for the second round of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in the same stadium.

After losing their first two matches against Argentina in Johannesburg and against Greece in Bloemfontein, the Eagles still stood a chance to reach the World Cup Round of 16 if they defeated Korea Republic.

At the Moses Mabhida Stadium on June 22, 2010, the Eagles, roared on by a capacity crowd, could only manage a 2-2 draw with the Koreans, following a couple of horrendous misses, and crashed out of the first World Cup on African soil at the group stage.

On Wednesday, the Eagles could have the same capacity crowd on their side as they play in the same stadium for a chance to get to the final of the Nations Cup.

Nigeria will welcome back midfield lynchpin, Fegor Ogude, who missed Sunday’s clash after being suspended for earning two yellow cards in the group stage.