Super Eagles fly past Rwanda by 2-0
The Eagles defeated the Wasps of Rwanda in Calabar following a goalless draw, played in Kigali in February, thereby moving to the next round and eliminating the Rwandese team from the 2013 AFCON.
Nine minutes into the game, Spain-based striker, Ike Uche fired home from inside the box after central defender Azubuike Egwuekwe helped on an Ahmed Musa corner with a header, to take the lead.
The Eagles doubled their advantage on 56 minutes through Ahmed Musa.
The CSKA Moscow winger thundered past Rwanda goalkeeper, Jean Claude Ndori, after he was set up by Enyimba striker, Uche Kalu, who chested a long ball by Efe Ambrose.
On 18 minutes, Rwanda goalkeeper Ndori pulled off an instinctive save after a effort by Gabriel Reuben, who tried a bicycle kick on top of the 18-yard box.
In the 24th minute, Rwanda spurned their best chance at goal but the header from inside the Nigeria goal area missed the target narrowly to the relief of the Eagles defence led by skipper, Vincent Enyeama.
After Musa’s 56th minute goal, Nigeria had several unsuccessful chances to add to the tally.
Reacting to the victory, substantive Eagles skipper, Joseph Yobo, stated that “it was very important that we won this game. This will improve the confidence in the team.”
Yobo was side lined by a hamstring injury and so did not feature in this game.
The final round of the qualifiers for final places at South Africa 2013 will be played between September and October.