Tuesday, 4 March 2014
Super Eagles On Way To Durban For AFCON Semi-Final
The Super Eagles will leave Rustenburg today for Durban, venue of their Wednesday semi-final duel with the Eagles of Mali.
The match, at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, is among others an opportunity for the Super Eagles to make amends for disappointing Durbanites in particular, and South Africans in general, during the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.
In that competition, after losing their first two matches against Argentina in Johannesburg and Greece in Bloemfontein, the Eagles still stood a chance to reach the Round of 16 if they defeated Korea Republic.
At the Moses Mabhida Stadium on June 22, 2010, the Nigerians, roared on by a capacity crowd, could only manage a 2-2 draw with the Koreans, characterized by a couple of horrendous misses, and crashed out of the first World Cup on African soil at group stage.
On Wednesday, the Eagles will have the same capacity crowd on their side as South Africans have switched allegiance to Nigeria following a gorgeous display against Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday, and the fact that their own Bafana Bafana were eliminated by the Malians.
Nigeria will welcome back midfield lynchpin Fegor Ogude, who missed Sunday’s clash after being suspended for earning two yellow cards in the group stage.