Johannesburg - Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi paid tribute to Madiba following his team's
2-0 victory over South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge on
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According to the Soccer-Laduma website, the African champions prevailed via Uche Nwafor's second-half double at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Keshi said afterwards: "It is important to honour Nelson Mandela.
Madiba did great things for the continent and South Africa. So we have
done this 100 percent for him."
Regarding the contest, Keshi said: "Bafana are a good side with a lot
of potential in the team. We came out and we wanted the result to make
our nation proud and make ourselves proud. I am proud of the kids,
especially in the second half."
He added of Shola Ameobi's first start for the Super Eagles: "We have
not seen Ameobi, so we gave him the opportunity to play, and feel
African football. He did well."
Ameobi, of Newcastle United, was replaced at the interval by match-winner Nwafor.