Nigeria make last eight in Olympics qualifiers


Nigeria’s Olympic Football Team have qualified for the final phase of the London 2012 Olympic Games following a 3-0 defeat of the Vijana stars of Tanzania inside the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium Benin City.

Nigeria lost the first leg by a lone goal and needed at least two unreplied goals to secure a place in the last eight of the Olympic qualifiers.

Warri Wolves striker, Ekigho Ehiosun (In Pic) headed home a perfect cross from
captain Lukman Haruna in the 3rd minute.

All efforts by Nigeria to make it two in the first half hit the brick wall of the Vijana defense led by its inspirational goal keeper, Self Juma.

After several missed chance upon resumption of the second half from, Ahmed Musa, Ehiosun and Nnamdi Oduamadi, the pressure from Nigeria paid off in the 55th min as Ganiyu Oseni slotted in a timed cross from Ekigho Ehiosun.

Super Eagles speedy winger, Ahmed Musa who missed several chances, kept his cool in the 90th minute rounding off two defenders before slotting past goal keeper Jackson Williams who came in for injured Self Juma.

“It was not an easy game, but we should have won by at least five goals to one if only our strikers were able to convert the chances that came our way. I must commend my boys for putting up a good show of themselves. As you all witnessed the boys were always rushing to the touch line to have a change of footwear because the pitch was very hot but with all this they brought forth the desired result,” Nigeria’s coach, Austin Eguavoen said after the game.

Nigeria will now focus on this weekend’s All Africa Games qualifier against Ghana.
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