Super Eagles Trounce Portuguese 2nd Division Side, Farense 5-0, Depart For AFCON 2013

By SR Sports

The Super Eagles ended their training camp in Faro, Portugal in style on Tuesday defeating Portuguese second division side, Farense 5-0, in a game described by the Nigerian  Coach Stephen Keshi as dress rehearsal for the team’s opening game against Burkina Faso on January 21.

The match, which was again played at the Browns Sports and Leisure Club in Faro, where the Nigerian side stayed throughout its sojourn in Portugal, was barely five minutes when right back, Efe Ambrose surging run into the danger area of the Portuguese was met with a vicious hacking. Centre referee Luis Costa wasted no time in pointing to the spot.

Chelsea star, John Mikel Obi, stepped in to coolly slot home the opener. But Farense made things difficult for the Eagles as Senegalese born striker, Sone Diop, Falardo and dangerman Fabio Texeira attacked sporadically in search of an equalizer that never happened. The Eagles on the other hand had plenty of chances to have buried the game in the first but Nosa Igiebor hit the cross bar thrice, Mikel followed suit with a fiery shot that also hit the bar and Emmanuel Emenike also missed a sitter.

In the second half Mr. Keshi made sweeping changes. Kenneth Omeruo was brought in to replace Joseph Yobo, Juwon Oshaniwa for Elderson Echejile, Ogenyi Onazi for Mikel Obi, Sunday Mba for Igiebor, Obiorah Nwankwo for Fegor Ogude, Ikechukwu Uche for Brown Ideye, Gabriel Reuben for Efe Ambrose mid-way into the half, same as Vincent Enyeama whoi was replaced by Chigozie Agbim.

There was no immediate impact with the changes until in the 75th minute when an Emenike’s furious onslaught down the left wing of the pitch was clinically finished off by Ikechukwu Uche for one of his three goals of the evening. Goalkeeper Agbim must be credited for his quick counter-attack throw to Emenike.

Uche was to score another in the 80th minute after nice footwork by Ejike Uzoenyi left him face to face with goalie Sergio Serrar. He blasted into the roof of the net. He completed his hat trick of the evening after a fine interchange of passes between him, Onazi and Ejike.

Just as the referee was about blowing the final whistle Ejike set up Emenike for the final goal on the dot of 90minutes for a comprehensive demolition of the Farense side. The referee did not even allow for a restart after the fifth goal.

Farense Coach Antero Afonso said at the end of the encounter that his side has learnt useful lessons from the Nigerian national team and predicted that the Super Eagles will do well at the championship going by the quality of players he saw in the friendly. “You have what it takes to win the championship, but you must take each game as it comes and adopt different styles for different opposition. You have very quick players so don’t allow yourself to be under pressure at any time in the tournament. I may not know the teams that will be at the tournament but the team I saw today should be among the favorites to win the African Cup”, he said.

The Nigerian side will depart Faro by 12:30 Portuguese time for Lisbon from where the team will connect a flight to Paris, France and from there to Johannesburg, South Africa. The team is expected in Nelspruit, venue of two of its first two group games on Thursday morning.

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The super eagles are not living up to expectation at all. They are the worse in the competition. Why was Mikel Obi invited? Is it because he plays for Chelsea? Is he playing well in Chelsea? Why was Osaze Odemwingie not called or invited?
To make matter worse, Super Eagles can not give good passes. They just waste the ball for nothing.
Emmanuel Emeneke and Vincent Enyama More greese to your elbows. God Bless our country Nigeria.
Steve Davis Edigin.

Mr. Anonymous na Aborigine, Nobi Yoruba man!

@Igwe of Nigeria :
Igwe, no mind'am. Na creek clowns dem jealousy dey shine like aboki shoes. Useless drunks, dat's why im no see say na afta Okechukwu Keshi don filter de chaff commot from field d'timm begin shine like udara! Ogogoro no gree'am hear de Ibo wey de bois speak for demselfs wen make gols come begin pour like rain. Na illitracy no gree'am read say refirie go gree make dem wound dem enter extra time. The fool no fit read what the opposing coach had to say. Just imagine the self esteem of a tout that hides behind "anonyamous" to spew gibberish. My bet is he can't even run fifty-metres!

@ Anonymous : What about the female team, their coach na Ibo that's why the superior race dominates that team as well abi? Bite your toe nails off. Football Is Coming Home!

Mr anonymous, dis na the true

Mr anonymous, dis na the true tory abi you want lies, make you go watch NTA, dem get lie plenty plenty for there to give you. Yeye dey smell, better people dey do their job you bring your efulefu mouth come join for matter. E be like say dbanj don blow igbo for your nose otherwise you for nor dey reason backward like say you be obasanjo.



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