…Demolish Liberia’s Lone Star 6-1
By EMMA NJOKU, Calabar
Nigeria’s Super Eagles, yesterday, whitewashed the Lone Star of Liberia 6-1 at the U.J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar to book a ticket to next year’s Africa Cup of Nations holding in South Africa.
It took less than a minute into the match for defender, Efe Ambrose, to put Nigeria ahead with a beautiful header off Victor Moses’ free kick after Ahmed Musa was fouled close to the Liberian penalty box.
The visitors, thereafter, switched the heat on the Eagles’ defence.
But it was the Nigerian team that drew the blood yet again, when Mikel Obi initiated a move that saw Emmanuel Emenike’s crossing scrambled into the net in the 37th minute for Nigeria’s second goal. Eagles went into the interval with the 2-0 advantage.
The Nigerian team began the second half on the same tempo as the first half, with Victor Moses grabbing his first goal in the national team to make it 3-0 against the Liberians barely two minutes into the second half.
Mikel capped his return to the national team with a perfect kick from the penalty spot in the 51st minute after the Liberian goalkeeper fouled goal-bound Nosa Igiebor.
Super substitute, Ike Uche, made it 5-1 for Nigeria in the 62nd minute, while Liberia’s consolation goal was scored by substitute, Wleh Patrick Ronaldinho, in the 80th minute.
Victor Moses completed the routing of the Lone Star in the 88th minute with his second goal to put final scores at 6-1.
Nigeria, thus, qualified for next year’s Nations Cup in South Africa on 8-2 aggregate following the 2-2 scores in the first leg in Monrovia.