The Flying Eagles of Nigeria on Monday 18th April 2011 on the Dabsonville Stadium in Soweto South Africa bought their marketing campaign off to a flying begin with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the Black Starlets of Ghana. It was a match that witnessed the most effective of African soccer from either side.
The unlucky side of the sport nonetheless, was the dangerous state of the pitch which was not helped by heavy rainfall and lack of upkeep. The pitch was bumpy and really heavy on the floor. It was troublesome for the gamers to exhibit their expertise in such conditions.
The John Obuh tutored group nonetheless dictated the tempo within the early minutes of play and have been duly rewarded within the 17th minutes of play when Rangers F.C of Enugu forward- Harmless Nwofor latched unto a advantageous pull out from Abdul Ajagun to make it 1-Zero in favor of Nigeria.
The Ghanaian have been stung and the objective woke them up from their slumber. Their effort to equalize was resisted by the defence line-up ably marshaled by the skilled Terna Suswan. Goalkeeper Danjuma Paul who stored objective for Nigeria was known as into actions on some few events however he was as much as the duty.
The defending champions nonetheless bought the wanted equalizer off a glancing header by striker Kwame Nsor within the 32nd minutes after some good interchange of play on the flank. It was to stay stalemate within the first 45 minutes, as each groups couldn’t break the impasse.
On the resumption of the 2nd interval of play, Ahmed Musa of VVV Venlo of Holland grew to become a thorn within the flesh of the Ghanaian defence, together with his lovely runs down the precise flank. James Achampong who was manning the sticks for Ghana was the busier of the 2 goalkeepers, as Harmless Nwofor and Ahmed Musa ensured he was on his toes within the early minutes of the 2nd half.
The sport was virtually heading in the direction of a stalemate when out of nothing Harmless Nwofor discovered some area near the Ghanaian flank and was getting set to make a pull out when the ball made a depraved bump and flew previous the hapless James Achampong for the decisive winner. It was a somewhat weird objective, because the striker by no means believed his luck when the ball rested at the back of the Ghanaian internet. The objective was scored within the 82nd minutes of the 2nd half.
A number of makes an attempt by the Black starlet to salvage some extent from the sport proved futile because the Flying Eagles defence pissed off every effort. The blast of the referee whistle on the finish of the sport witnessed some wild jubilation on the bench and among the many gamers as they celebrated the acquisition of three valuable factors from their West African rivals.