Eagles trash Liberia 6-1, qualifies for Nations Cup

The city of Calabar went agog with celebration as Nigeria’s Super Eagles emerged winner of the much awaited, much talked about and the much strategized game between them and the Lone Stars of Liberia this evening after walloping the Liberians 6-1 in the second leg of the 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifiers billed to hold in South Africa.

With this evening’s match outcome, Nigeria has successfully booked its ticket to feature in the finals of the AFCON 2013 with an aggregate of 8-3 after the first leg in Liberia produced a 2-2 draw.

A double from Chelsea new signing Victor Moses sealed victory for the Super eagles while goals from Efe Ambrose, Ahmed Musa, Mikel Obi and Ikechukwu Uche made sure Nigeria held onto the pathway of victory from kick-off.

Bitter memories of the Super Eagles’ dismal performance which denied them the ticket to the last edition of the Nations Cup held in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea early this year will be a thing of the past as football pundits can be rest assured that a Super Eagles squad that will produce impressive results has once again emerged as the evening’s game was the first game since Nigeria- Ethiopia match that the Super Eagles were able to produce a swell score line against an opponent.

Strong jersey contention in Eagles camp as Liberia clash looms

Ahead of the crucial Nations Cup qualifiers against the Lone Stars of Liberia on Saturday at the UJ Esuene Stadium, Calabar, so much excitement has been recorded as players kept trooping into the Metropolitan Hotel where the Super Eagles camp has been slated to serve their fatherland.

Foreign -based players that were invited started arriving in bits not to watch the local players but to pick up first team jerseys, not on preference but to go headlong with other players equally vying for same positions as a lot of them and all 19players in camp right now are bent on picking first team shirts which are just 11 in number and the training will be taking place at tourist attracting south south city.

The 10 foreign-based players who joined the seven home-based for Tuesday’s evening training are Austin Ejide, Vincent Enyeama, Nosa Igiebor, Ikechukwu Uche.

Others are Elderson Echejile, Ahmed Musa, Obiora Nwankwo, Efe Ambrose, Brown Ideye, and the three exciting youngsters, Ogenyi Onazi of Lazio of Italy, Inter Milan’s Joel Obi and Chelsea’s new acquisition Victor Moses.

The task at hand which entails for all hands to be on deck was crystal clear to everyone as the players responded well, who expressed their delight over the full compliance of the players.

 

Super Eagles in Calabar for Liberia showdown

To conclude the journey to the 2013 Africa Nations Cup, the Super Eagles of Nigeria players have started arriving in bits for the make-or-mar clash with the Lone Stars of Liberia which will be held in Calabar and it stands to decide the Super Eagles’ fate for the AFCON 2013.

One of the officials of the Super Eagles confirmed the arrival after they touched down at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport in Calabar some minutes before noon.

The squad left the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja Arik Airline flight billed for 10.30 a.m. and the squad were also billed to camp at the Metropolitan Hotel in the heart of Calabar.

And in order to be sure that team is leaving no stone unturned in the bid to get the desired win for the nation, the technical crew has however scheduled a training session for Monday evening at the Abraham Odia Sports Complex, the University of Calabar.

Goalkeepers, Vincent Enyeama arrived at Calabar this morning to join the squad and Austin Ejide, and Nosa Igiebor of Real Betis of Spain is among the foreign-based players expected to arrive the Eagles camp on Monday.

Keshi at the weekend, named seven home-based players who are to join the 15 foreign-based footballers announced earlier for the qualifier and they are Chigozie Agbim of Warri Wolves, who is captain of the home-based team and his teammate, Azubuike Egwueke, Godfrey Oboabona, the captain of Sunshine Stars’ FC of Akure; Henry Uche of Enyimba FC of Aba, Benjamin Francis of Heartland and Kano Pillars’ central defender, Umar Zango as well as Rangers winger Ejike Uzoenyi.

The Super Eagles head coach; Stephen Keshi said the Ejide and Igiebor will be joined by the rest of the squad on Tuesday.

Keshi said that most of the foreign-based players, including Mikel Obi, were due to arrive in Calabar on Tuesday because of the problem they had in securing their visas.

He also said that others who had late league matches on Sunday were expected to arrive in the camp on Tuesday.

Liberian president challenges Lone Star with N22m bonus

With preparations for the 2013 Nations Cup qualifiers between  Nigeria and Liberia coming up in October in Calabar taking serious shape, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has challenged the Lone Star to beat the Super Eagles and get $140,000 (about N22m) as bonus.

The president praised and presented the Liberian team a reward amount of $75,000 for thrashing the Black Stars of Ghana, for a friendly game which took place in Monrovia and afterwards made the promise of the N22m reward if the Lone Stars can wallop the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

According to table standing, for Liberia to have a slot in the South Africa 2013 Nations Cup, the Lone Stars will to beat Nigeria squarely or salvage a 3-3 draw as the first leg which was hosted in Monrovia ended in a 2-2 draw.

The team was dubbed to have been gingered by the defeat of the Black Stars to believe that they can perform the same feat against the Super Eagles come October 13th.

Liberia has only appeared twice in the Nations Cup and that was in 1996 and 2002.