The Super Eagles have set an African record with their 2-1 win over Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on Sunday, football website, Kickoffnigeria reports.
The website said courtesy of the win, Nigeria have set a new African record of going unbeaten in 27 World Cup qualifying matches.
“The last time Nigeria tasted defeated in a World Cup qualifier was as far back as 2004, when they lost to Angola in Luanda,” the report said.
“Since then, Nigeria have won eighteen and drawn nine of their last 27 World Cup qualifying games, setting an African record, that is also the seventh best ever run in the World.”
Emmanuel Emenike was the hero for Nigeria as the Fenerbahace of Turkey striker scored twice Sunday afternoon to help the Super Eagles secure a vital 2-1 away victory over the Wayla Antelopes of Ethiopia.
The Ethiopians showed no respect for the African champions as they took the game to the Eagles right from the blast of the whistle, and would have taken the lead as early as the 24th minute, but a brave clearance off the goal line by Godfery Oboabona save the day for the Eagles.
After ending it square in the first half, Ethiopia finally shot into the lead, cashing on a school boy error that saw goalkeeper Vincent Enyema flop to a harmless in swinger by Asefa in the 57th minute.
The Eagles revival came ten minutes later with Emenike firing a thunderbolt from outside the box which was only parried in by the goal keeper.
Emenike secured a vital win for Nigeria in the dying minutes as he calmly converted a penalty kick gifted Nigeria. Nigeria was awarded the kick after an Ethiopian defender latched Emenike down within the box.
With the victory, the Eagles are in the driver’s seat to Brazil 2014 but will have to complete the job in the second leg billed for November 16 2013.
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