Nigeria manages a win in the match against Ethiopia.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria scraped through to the quarter finals of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations despite a below par performance as they depended on two penalty kicks to secure a 2-0 win over Ethiopia.
Victor Moses stood out to take the two kicks and converted both to save Nigeria the heartache of an early exit from the continent’s biggest football tournament.
Coach Stephen Keshi ringed some changes in his starting lineup dropping the likes of Ahmed Musa, Nosa Igiebor and Joseph Yobo and welcomed Efe Ambrose to the starting 11 after missing the game against Zambia for the red card he got in the game against Burkina Faso.
The Eagles looked so ordinary against Ethiopia who are the lowest ranked team at the tournament.
The performance nonetheless, Coach Stephen Keshi broke his long standing jinx of not making it past the first round in his previous two attempts.
In the other game in Group C, the stallions of Burkina Faso held their own against the reigning champions, Zambia, as they battled to a goalless draw.
Zambia thus becomes the first champions to crash out from the first stage since Algeria suffered same fate in 1992.
Burkina Faso finished tops in Group C and will face the runners up in Group D while the Super Eagles of Nigeria have a tough hurdle against the Elephants of Cote d’ Ivoire in the quarter finals.