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Nigeria defeat title favourites Ivory Coast to reach AFCON semis

Posted On Sunday, 3rd February 2013
Nigeria progressed to the semi-finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations after overcoming favourites Ivory Coast 2-1 in a frenetic game in South Africa on Sunday.

Nigeria will play Mali in the semi finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

Nigeria progressed to the semi-finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations after overcoming favourites Ivory Coast 2-1 in a frenetic game in South Africa on Sunday.

Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike opened the scoring just before half-time, smashing a thunderous effort past Boubacar Barry in the Ivorian goal.

Midfielder Chieck Tiote drew the Elephants level shortly after the break, heading home from Didier Drogba’s free-kick.

Sunday Mba, a home-based player sealed Nigeria’s win, with his shot deflecting off Sol Bamba to shockingly send the little-fancied Super Eagles against the star-laden Ivorians.

Mba’s strike brought the curtain down on Didier Drogba’s Nations Cup career, sending the African legend home without the title he and his teammates craved.

The 34-year-old Drogba, who was dropped to the bench in the Elephants’ second group game, led the Ivorians at the expense of Anzhi Makhachkala striker Lacina Traore.

Goalkeeper Boubacar Barry, Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure and in-form Arsenal goal poacher Gervinho returned after being rested in the ‘dead’ game against Algeria.

For Nigeria, midfielder Fedor Ogude was suspended, with goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama wearing the captain’s armband as its normal owner, veteran defender Jospeh Yobo, struggling with an injury, was on the bench.

A lively start saw Victor Moses test Barry with a venomous shot on 10 minutes, the Ivorian keeper punching the danger away with the palms of his hands.

Two-time former champions Nigeria were giving as good as they got against the top-ranked team on the continent.

With a handful of English Premier League stars on show, the colourful 20,000 crowd could have been forgiven for thinking they were at the Emirates or Stamford Bridge rather than the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace.

Chelsea old boy Drogba had his first real chance after the half hour, neatly controlling a high ball from the left only for his shot to take a deflection.

Then, two minutes from the break, Nigeria took command, Emineke’s superbly struck right-foot 25-yard free-kick flying through the Ivorian wall and past the head of the motionless Barry.

The Spartak Moscow attacker’s third of the tournament, putting him joint top of the 2013 scoring charts, was no more than the Super Eagles deserved.

With coach Sabri Lamouchi watching stony-faced from the dug out, Ivory Coast levelled on 50 minutes when Drogba swung in a free-kick from the left for Newcastle’s Tiote to head in at the far post for his first goal for his country.

It was game on again for the Elephants.

Moses then flashed in a corner but Barry kept out Brown Ideye’s header, the keeper cradling the ball as he would a baby.

Down at the other end, Enyeama produced a first-class save to deny Toure.

An absorbing encounter between two titans of African football was living up to its headline billing.

But with the clock ticking towards extra time, Mba, advertising the intelligence his surname suggests, weaved his way through the Ivorian defence to put Nigeria into the semi-finals, his 20-yard shot taking a deflection on the way.

Nigeria will face Mali in the semi-finals on Wednesday.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. mukmin says:

    Ivory Coast out the cup is ours

  2. Viper says:

    This is how you do it, not just win,you win by playing great football,ball retention,passing,movement all top notch,Ghana turn up against debutants and WE PLAY WITH A WIMPER.

  3. Ghana says:

    So to all the people say hateful things about Ghana go stfu be ause ivory coast lost to Nigeria so stop yelling at Ghana ans just pray for them

  4. aa says:

    Ghanaians talk too much. The top favourites is going home and leaving behind the second favourites. The home side is going home and leaving behind Mali. The truth is none of us know whether Ghana will beat Brukina Faso or Togo. I will beg those with BIG MOUTHS to Shoosh cus the ACN is not a place to for Jokers like themselves

  5. junior mafia says:

    Ivory coast flatter to deceive no team work watsoever..salut naija

  6. Viper says:

    There was a 19 and 22 year old center-backs in the Nigerian team.From defense to attack their ball retention was amazing, they moved,passed and ball and controlled the game.They controlled the game even against such a potent side.How come Ghana play a team making their first appearance and we play like cowards?”We are afraid,cautious of the debutant,oh the will beat us”and we play with a wimper.Disgraceful

    • texas says:

      @Viper: You know nothing about football! Just tell super chickens to get ready! Ghana is not IVORY COAST dude. If you got something to say go tell at your niaja site!

    • Africanus says:

      Viper, first appearance do not mean that the Cape Verde players were dug from a cave. Most of their players play first division football in Europe. In case you just came from Afghanistan.

      • texas says:

        Thank you Africanus. It’s hard when I has to deal with a shallow minded noaja fool like Viper. If Viper thinks any of those team left can run over Ghana, then his super chickens will be doing so at their own peril…

        • Viper says:

          What are you guys talking about???Nigeria could have gone into the game and play like we did,play with a wimper, BUT WHAT DID NIGERIA DO????They came out and played COMMANDING FOOTBALL.If they had played like we did,they would have lost.We play against some debutants and play with a wimp,because we respected them too much.THIS DEFEATIST attitude should be banished in our game and you idiots are here saying what??

          • younger says:

            Viper, be informed that when you play against minor teams like cape verde, they will throw all power against you just like nigeria did agaisnt CIV. Aside the quarter final match, which other match did nigeria play well?.

  7. zambia is our toilet hole says:

    IVORY COAST?
    ANYWAY AS LONG AS NIGERIA IS A WEST AFRICAN COUNTRY NOTHING IS LOST AT ALL BECAUSE I PERSONALLY DON’T GIVE NO SHIT TO ZAMBIAN FOOTBALL AND THAT ANY WEST AFRICAN COUNTRY WHO LIFTS THE CUP IS WORTH IT.I WOULD BE HAPPIER SHOULD GHANA WINS IT THOUGH.

  8. mojahadine says:

    Ghana watch out. The Nigerians can play, their strikers far better than Asamoah Gyan. Asamoah Gyan can learn a lesson or two from the Nigerian strikers, they are controlled, creative, engaged in the game but most of all they can shoot accurately from a reasonable distance’

    The Ghana blackstars need to learn to accurately control and hold the ball. From what I saw today of the Nigerians, I am a believer that they can stick it to us if we ever meet. Our defense to me is erratic at times and I do not even know why Jonathan Mensah is sitting on the bench. I hope our team play improves or else we shall find ourselves going home like the Ivorians.

  9. diggy says:

    ghana all the way,the cup is coming to ghana,go ghana goooooooooooooo ghana

  10. COCONUTHEAD says:

    @Viper, relax my man. We won, din’t we? Progression here is key. We did turn on the after-burners against Niger when it counted. The BS, I believe, will come out smoking in our next encounter, be it against Togo or whomever.

  11. Alomo says:

    Ivory Coast would’ve been in semis if the Egyptian referee hadn’t handed zambia a goal.

  12. Emenike says:

    NIGERIAA NIGERIA NIGERIA NIGERIA NIGERIAAAAAAA!!!! Here we come again1

  13. Words says:

    Ghana has already done well by being in the semi final.
    I think our expectations should be modest.
    If we win the cup fine if we don’t fine.

  14. Ike says:

    Ghana too weak to win it u were outplayed by the minnows Carpe Verdi…and frankly speaking start thinking of 2015,not dis one!

  15. Alomo says:

    zambia needed a goal from the referee to draw against Nigeria. what a loser–zambia is

  16. samora says:

    The cup is for GH Ivoriens have depended on dis squad for far too long just like the 92 squad of Ghana who did nothing for GH but a Very Great Team

  17. peace says:

    So you see!!! you people are always insulting Ghana team and captain Asamoah Gyan and yet guys are still in,while Ivory Coast is gone,this is a big lesson you guy should stop talking trash to your players and start praying for them that what they need.Go Ghana God is by your side

  18. zambia is our toilet hole says:

    I AM SAD FOR IVORY COAST BUT IF NIGERIA LOST I WOULD BE SAD TOO SO I REMAIN NEUTRAL AND ENJOY THE GAMES ONE AFTER THE OTHER.ANY WEST AFRICAN COUNTRY WHO WINS IT IS EXQUISITE THOUGH I WOULD BE MUCH MORE HAPPIER SHOULD GHANA WIN IT.THE BEST COME FROM THE WEST.NO USELESS ZAMBIANS AS WE EXTRUDE AND EVICTED THEM OUT FOR THEIR SENSELESS INSULTS ON WEST AFRICAN COUNTRIES.

  19. Prophecy says:

    A TEAM FROM GROUP C IS WINNING THIS AFCON…u cn guess the rest!

  20. Blakroze GH says:

    Do you guys remember 1 poor misled lady by the name miriam? Yeah that unfortunate ivorian who learnt english and her 1st words were …MIRRIAM:
    January 30th, 2013 at 8:56 am
    “SHAME ON YOU GHANA , LEAVE
    ZAMBIA ALONE AND COME AND
    DEFEAT US IVORIANS.THIS IS
    JUST FOOTBALL AND THEY DID
    THE BEST FOR THEIR
    COUNTRY .WHY DO YOU HATE
    THEM SO MUCH”…..well miriam,Nigerians came to you, they saw you and they conquered you. Is there anything more you want us to do to your old guards? We could still call a friendly game for your sake… Lesson: never poke your long nose into an ally’s affair if he/she hasn’t done anything to you, I kept quiet that day, but I was hurt within cos we Ghanaians consider you to be our fellow allies (giants), hell we even said we’d be proud if any west african side got the trophy not only Ghana, but you learn a little english and come here to stab us from behind? Nah you had it coming,trust me after I read your message that day, I knew we’d win the cup if we met you and I was pleased by your PRIDE cos I also know that PRIDE COMES BEFORE THE FALL…. So rather than reply me,go and treat your old men’s sore backs right after reading this ok? Cos they need massaging after what Emenike and TODAY(sunday) Mba has done to them…”A word to the wise is enough” prove to me that you are wise cos I’ve spoken a word to you sis….ciao, now for home matters, we NEED to up our game cos BF/ TOGO can get an inspiration from this and try to tweak our fairy tale a lil bit……not unto us o lord!!!

  21. Troy says:

    @viper, Have you forgotten How Nigeria Won their Game against Ethiopia? They Played Like School Team. So fuuuuck those Criticizing our Win.

  22. Juan says:

    UNDER-DOGS NIGERIA KICK CIV OUT OF THE TOURNAMENT.

  23. Traore says:

    It will be 31 plus 2 more years of agonising wait.

  24. Troy says:

    Nigerians we are with you as we all wanted the Favourite CIV out. But the tournament is far from Over. You have a Bigger fight ahead of u guys. And so does Ghana. If we want to win. There’s more to do. Being in the Semis doesn’t mean you’ve won the cup. If you can Defeat CIV, Mali also can Defeat you and so Bukina or Togo can also defeat Ghana. So let’s relax and keep praying for our Teams.

  25. hershey says:

    I ca n honestly say that if Naija took the cup over Ghana I would feel little disappointment. Their display of aggressiveness, urgency, confidence, accuracy, pace etc. on the pitch today makes them well deserving of the cup. They displayed everything that is lacking in this current BS squad. We BS have all the potential to win and wish them all the best, but they need to stop fuckin’ around. BS wise up and let’s go get this! It’s about time.
    SIDENOTE::: when is my boy Yiadom gonna play already?

  26. Micky says:

    Oh my gosh! Where are those that were already saying the Ivory Coast will beat Nigeria? This is a lesson for all the haters, football is played on the pitch, and not on paper or in people’s lousy mouths. It’s a chronic ‘mumu’ who will say Mikel Obi is not a good footballer. Mikel Obi you too much. Victor Moses remain blessed. Emmanuel Emenike ur the king of goal. Lastly, to all Nigerian haters, you can all now go and hug a live electric transformer! YOU CAN NEVER BEAT THE NIGERIAN SPIRIT! That’s why we are the BEST! Fuck you all haters!!!

  27. diggy says:

    mali will defeat nigeria and the finals is ghana vs mali.pls this my number 0049-17677247990

  28. taste says:

    please where is Mr. Mamadou Gaye? please what went wrong? because it beats my imagination that stars studded team like CIV fail to progress……sir with the depth of your knowledge about the african game, educate young ones like us.

  29. STUPID GHANAIAN says:

    Its about laughing at each other! Who’s next to be laughed at? Semis are coming.

  30. keith from germany says:

    viper relax bro.it shall be well

  31. Taibu says:

    2013 AFCON 4 Nigeria…one by one we’ll be knocking u out!

  32. Mamadou says:

    One more favorite to go!!!

  33. Mba says:

    Ya go hug a transformer all u Naija haters…we look @u running your mouths but soon honest truth will catch with u!!

  34. Micky says:

    Ivory Coast with big names like, Yaya Toure, Kolo Toure, Drogba, Gervinho, Tiote, Eboue, Solomon Kalou, Lasina Traore etc. An eagle that brought down an elephant is indeed a SUPER EAGLE. Once again congratulations to SUPER EAGLES. Proudly Nigerian… Green White Green till I die!!! To all Nigerian haters, you can all now go and hug a live electric transformer! YOU CAN NEVER BEAT THE NIGERIAN SPIRIT! That’s why we are the BEST! Fuck you all BLACK ASS!!!

  35. Chukwe says:

    Be warned, No juju work against Nigeria.

  36. Abuja says:

    Now that we have beaten the so-clled Africa’s number 0ne team…who???? should dare stand in our way eehhhh!!

  37. Upper Volta says:

    Burkina Faso will rape ghana in 90 mins.

  38. the truth says:

    well ivorian team got what they wanted. They didnt believe in their own local coach who took them to the finals. They cried for a white coach and they didnt even managed to make it to the semis.

  39. Ezekiel Obiba says:

    Where is Mamadou Gaye always saying Ghana will not reach anywhere,Ivory Coast will win this cup indeed.Names dont play football again,kudos to my naija people well done.

  40. kuasnjo says:

    GREEN-WHITE-GREEN G.The absence of Nigeria has seen dis cup float 4rom North to Southern Africa,now time has come to bring it where it belongs and the team dats gona do it are the SUPER EAGLES OF NIGERIA.

  41. Chidu says:

    God help Nigeria…we beat Africa’s number one team surely the cup should come back to Nigeria!We been waiting 4 this moment.

  42. Amoa says:

    Dis nigerian team is full of young and talented players

  43. ezeson says:

    Up eagles, we play b4 we celebrate not the ivorians that celebrate b4 they play, hope we beat the malians enroute to the finals against burkina

  44. Olonjwa says:

    NO SIZE 4 THE MIGHTY SUPER EAGLES…underestimate at your own periL!!!

  45. Prophet of doom says:

    HMMMM, I WANT TO SAY A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL MY GHANIANS BROTHER OUT THERE, AFTER THE 2008 nations cup in GHANA, NIGERIA WAS NAMED THE SUPER CHICKEN BY GHANIANS IT REALLY HURT DEEP BUT IT HELPED US TO RETREAT AND RETHINK THANK YOU SO MUCH MY GHANAIAN BROTHERS WHAT WAS MEANT FOR EVIL HAS NOW TURNED OUT FOR OUR GOOD BECAUSE NOBODY EVER BELIEVED ANYTHING GOOD COULD EVER COME OUT OF NIGERIA
    AS FOR THE SEMI FINALS
    ET US WAIT AND SEE HOW IT GOES
    BEST OF LUCK TO THE BEST TEAM ON THE DAY

  46. wakeel says:

    Whether nigeria,ghana,burkina or mali one good thing is certain d trophy is coming to west africa… 1994 was d last time a west africa team won d throphy,l wonder y u pple are saying negative words to urselves nigeria nd ghana are one so what?…am a nigerian nd l was very happy dat we won yesterday game so if ghana or nigeria eventualy win d trophy l will be very happy, l never supported ivory coast to win cos of dat man with basket mouth called mamadou gaye…l love drogba,yaya toure nd others but l love my darling super eagles dan dem god bless Nigeria

  47. irhivboje uduehi says:

    i wonder all these jibes between naija fan
    ack then.ghanians u all started this jealousy thing

  48. PROF says:

    @Viper did u woch d last 2 wld cups dat B Stas plyed, did u boded to chek d statics afta d games b stas plyed? B Stas v Brazil d posesion was 55% to 45% infva of Ghana bt at d end of d day it was Brazil 3 Ghana 0 so u se ma br s nt all de tim dat teams dat ply d gud fut bal wins, so b mindful.

  49. Emenike Mba says:

    Ghana will lose.Ask me Why. Cos dem dey use JUJU. No place for JuJu in Soccer. It may help you initially but it is bound to fail when you need it most. Ask your former Coach and the South Africans. They will concur

  50. Prettytony says:

    Damn naija boys where have u been? Zambia wanted to take your place but i can see you have your groove back after your win against Ivory Coast,well done,we supported you.Am praying for naija ghana finals we have our drinks ready for the celebration,only thing left are the “super chickens”

  51. kantoose says:

    i want to congratulate all the “niggars” for a good game yesterday. Damn what a good show. Damn what a good performance by our little bros. :-D

  52. Micky says:

    @Kantoose, Congratulations to the SUPER EAGLES for showing guts against the no1 ranked NATION in Africa and a studded team in Ivory Coast. Pls Kantoose tell ur Black Baboon goal keeper to go for hair cut and look like human being. As for you Gaynaians sorry Ghanaians lousy haters, Gaynaian Black Juju Apes can never win Burkina Faso. Cos you Black Juju Apes have been winning matches through dubious penelties like against Mali and Cape Verde, and this Burkina Faso match, Gaynaian Juju Apes will be unlucky.





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