The Super Eagles of Nigeria on Wednesday crushed their Malian counterparts in a semi-final match of the ongoing African Cup of Nations tournament, their first since 2000. In the battle between the two Eagles, the Nigerian coach showed that he meant business as he paraded the same team that edged out the Elephants of Cote d’ Ivoire on Sunday.
Elderson Echejile drew the first blood in the 25th minute and Brown Ideye scored Nigeria’s second 5 minutes later. Super striker, Emmanuel Emenike put thebgame beyond the reach of the Malians in the 43rd minute as the game went into recess with the Super Eagles leading by three goals to nil.
The second half saw the introduction of Ahmed Musa who came in for Victor Moses.
The Malians made an incursion into the Nigerian half early in the second half, goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama was however up to the task as he punched the ball away safely.
The Malians bench too replaced Sisoko with Diabate after which the Nigerians increased the tally via a goal by Ahmed Musa.
The Malian team however pulled one back as Fantamady Diarra scored with about 17 minutes left in the game.
In the 81st minute, Nigeria’s captain, Joseph Yobo came in for Efe Ambose.
Not giving up, the Malians continued to press on and another 88th minute effort was denied by Vincent Enyeama.