Emmanuel Emenike, scorer of the opening goal for Nigeria in the 2-1 win against Cote d’Ivoire in Rustenburg on Sunday, has been named Man of the quarter-final Match.
The match was at the ongoing 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in South Africa.
Emenike’s 41st minute goal gave the Super Eagles a 1-0 lead until half time but Cheik Tiote drew level for the Ivorians four minutes into the second half (49th minute).
However, Sunday Mba broke the deadlock in the 76th minute and Nigeria held on to the 2-1 lead till the end.
Analysts said as Cote d’Ivoire heads home, this could be the last of Didier Drogba at the AFCON, although Brazil still beckons for the iconic striker.
The victory affords Nigeria to finally get one over the Elephants after two agonising successive defeats by the Ivorians.
On the Nations Cup head-to- head, Nigeria now leads with three victories, as against two wins by Cote d’Ivoire and two draws.
Nigeria’s semi-final action will be on Wednesday against Mali, who defeated hosts South Africa 4-2 on penalties, after tying 1-1 at the end of regulation and extra time.
The tournament, which began on Jan. 19, will end on February 10.