2014 W.C. Qualification: Nigeria denied victory with late goal
The Super Eagles’ must have been getting prepared to celebrate at the 90th minute but the game took another turn at the same minute as Malawi midfielder John Banda took a late effort at goal which saw to it that Nigeria’s campaign for the Brazil 2012 World Cup qualifiers do not sail well and their own long unbeaten home record still remains as it is as the game ended 1-1 in favour of Malawi in Kamuzu stadium.
Super Eagles’ goal came at the 89th minute after playing barren in the first half and long into the second, midfielder Reuben Gabriel nudged the Nigerian-side forward and in quick succession, while celebration would have been registered in the minds of the Super Eagles over the successful garnering of three full points, the goal that tied the game to a draw came forth as the Kamuzu stadium went agog with so much noise in celebration of Malawi’s equaliser.
Attending four of the last five World Cup finals, the Super Eagles’ were expected to dominate the group, but laboured again to add to the largely ineffective performance in Calabar last Sunday, when they needed an 80th minute goal from Spanish-based striker Ike Uche to take all three points.
The relief for the Super Eagles now is that they are still atop the group with four points in their favour thanks to the victory against Namibia in Calabar last week.