Calabar - Nigeria on Saturday qualified for the 2014 Soccer World Cup in Brazil after
beating Ethiopia 2-0 at home in Calabar to go through 4-1 on aggregate.
Moses gave Nigeria the lead after 20 minutes when he tucked away a
penalty after Anyalem Hailu handled the ball inside his box.
Substitute Victor Obinna doubled Nigeria's lead on 82 minutes when he fired home a free-kick to kill off the game and the tie.
reigning African champions thus march on to their fifth World Cup
finals having also featured at the 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010
But the Super Eagles' display on Saturday inside the
packed 15,000-capacity UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar was laboured and,
until Obinna's late goal, Ethiopia were still in with a chance.
defender Efe Ambrose came close for Nigeria right at the start of the
game and goalkeeper Sisay Bancha then made a one-handed save from
Emmanuel Emenike from 10 yards out as the home team pressed for an early
Ethiopia's Saladin Said then saw a shot from a
tight angle flash across the face of the goal before Moses calmly
dispatched his penalty to put Nigeria ahead after Hailu was penalised.
a good Bancha save prevented Moses from scoring another goal half an
hour in, and then Brown Ideye came close to doubling Nigeria's lead when
his header off a cutback from the right by Ogenyi Onazi narrowly missed
Bancha again denied Nigeria when Onazi's left-footed
shot in the 43rd minute was kept out by the outstanding Ethiopia
goalkeeper and Ideye could not put away the rebound.
set their stall out to defend in the first half, but they came out of
their shell after the interval and had a penalty appeal turned down in
the 51st minute before Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama made a brave
save at the feet of Shemeles Bekele as they continued to fight for the
On the hour, Bancha blocked an effort from Emenike inside the area after the Fenerbahce striker broke free of his marker.
attacked and played with a lot more urgency in the closing minutes of
the encounter, but they lacked the bite to really trouble the home
defence, and their hopes were ended when the power on Obinna's late
free-kick proved too much for Bancha.