Nigeria/Liberia: Eagles Massacre Liberia to Qualify for 2013 Nations Cup

Calabar — Super Eagles yesterday banished the ghost of 2012 disaster when they walloped the Lone Star of Liberia 6-1 at the UJ Esuene stadium Calabar to qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Eagles opening goal came in the first minute of the first half from an unlikely source when lanky defender Ambrose Efe rose high to nod home the opener.

Expectations for more goals however waned as the Eagles lost the midfield to the Lone Star with danger man Oliseh Jambateh consistently threatening to break through in the weak side of the Eagles defence.

Ahmed Musa who did much to keep the Lone Star defence under pressure came close in the 15th minute but his effort went wide.

The Lone Star would have equalised in the 34th minute when Oliseh subdued Nosa Igiebor in the midfield but his shot on target was parried for corner by Enyeama.

The Eagles doubled their lead in the 38th minute when CSKA Moscow man, Ahmed Musa made good use of a through pass from Emmanuel Emenike.

The second half witnessed a harvest of goals as Chelsea new boy Victor Moses hit Eagles third goal of the night and his first for the national team in the 48th minute.

Moses Chelsea team mate, John Mikel Obi scored his second goal for the national team and the fourth for the Eagles on the night in the 50th minute when he stepped forward to convert the penalty kick that was awarded the Eagles when Real Betis man, Nosa Igiebor was badly brought down in the box.

In a bid to score more goals, Keshi brought on Ikechukwu Uche in place of lack-luster Emmanuel Emenike.

Shortly after the Lone Star captain, Gobro George Demen was sent off in the 62nd minute for a second yellow card, new entrant, Uche fired in the fifth goal in the 72nd minute.

In the 77th minute, Eagles went in search of more goals when Brown Ideye came on for Nosa Igiebor and went straight into business.

The Liberians consolatory goal came in the 83rd minute when substitute Foday Baakai Eddie cashed in on a defensive mix up to score for the Lone Star.

Lazio boy Onazi Ogenyi got his senior team debut when he came on toward the end of the match for Obiorah Nwankwo.

Victor Moses got a brace in the 87th minute to make it goal number six for Eagles.

From then on it was entertainment for the fans as the Eagles used the remaining minutes of the match to teach their opponents some rudimentary lessons in football.

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