Nigeria star in mother of all comebacks

2014-01-25 20:43

Football lovers couldn’t have asked for more than tonight’s seven-goal African Nations Championship (Chan) thriller at the Cape Town Stadium.

It was a game befitting its status as Nigeria and Morocco gave everything in this quarterfinal clash.

But it was the Super Eagles who once again proved that it is not how you start but how you finish that counts more in football as they launched the mother of all comebacks and showed a fighting spirit.

It was a game of two halves.

Dead and buried 3-0 in the first half, the Super Eagles launched a stunning comeback in the second half and forced the game into extra time.

The Atlas Lions surprised Nigeria with three quick goals in the half through Mohsine Moutaouali’s brace and Iajour Mouhssine’s goal in which the Super Eagles had no answers. But whatever coach Stephen Keshi said during the interval served as a wake-up call because they returned a changed side.

A quick goal by Ugonna Uzochukwu early in the second half set them on the road to recovery, forcing the game into extra time after Rabiu Ali and Christantus Ejike did the unthinkable by drawing them level.

The Super Eagles flew into the semi-finals after substitute Abubakar Ibrahim took the winning goal.

Interestingly, all the seven goals were scored in the same corner.

Nigeria became the first team to book a place in the last four, where they will meet the winner of today’s game between Ghana and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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