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Minute By Minute – Nigeria Vs Swaziland

Eagles Line Up vs Swaziland

Ikeme, Abdullahi, Echiejile, Oboabona, Ambrose; Onazi, Mikel, Ignonu: Simon, Musa, Ighalo


Match Officials

Germain Koole of Benin Republic is the match referee.


Koole will be assisted by compatriots Bienvenu Dina, Sena Ulrich Houedin and Gustave Eugene Tohouegnon as assistant 1, assistant 2 and fourth official respectively.

Mohamed Bahou from Morocco will be the referee assessor with Zambian Joseph Nkole as match commissioner.

Eagles Subs

Alampasu; Ezenwa; Ndidi, Kalu Orji, Oboroakpo, Bassey,  Onobi, R. Ibrahim, Iwobi, Martins, Iheanacho


FT: 0-0. The stadium erupts with joy as Swaziland hold Nigeria to a goalless draw.

90+4- Free-kick to Swaziland Yellow card for  Nigeria's Shehu Abdullahi. The ball is cleared.

90+3: Nigeria's Ighalo chases the ball but it is cleared.

90+ 2:Corner for Nigeria. Efe Ambrose heads agonisingly over the post!

88- Ahmed Musa drops his shoulder, shrugging his marker's best efforts but his shot is wayward.

89- Corner for the hosts. Ikeme claims the ball.

87- Obafemi Martins is playing deeply now and hoping to set Ighalo on a fast break. The Eagles attack now.

85- Iheanacho's shot deflected for a corner. The hosts deal with the Nigerian pressure.

84- Swaziland clear and counter. The Nigerians reprieved as the hosts are flagged offside.

83- Martins and Ighalo combine but Ighalo's route to goal is blocked

82- The Eagles launch another attack but their passes have been disappointing

80- Free-kick to Swaziland. Out of touch, goal-kick Nigeria.

79- A counter attack by the hosts but the Eagles clear their lines.

77- Absullahi concedes a throw-in but the Eagles gain the possession, and lose the ball again.

76- Nigerian throw-in, Swaziland substitution.

73- Nigeria's corner quickly turns to Swaziland counter. But the Eagles regain possession.

73- A Martins' shot is blocked

72- Mikel makes way for returning Obafemi Martins. A 'diving' clearance by a Swaziland defender

68- Ambrose clears but free-kick to Swaziland now

70- Onazi pass for Moses very poor. A Swaziland player down injured

66- Corner for Nigeria but now a goal-kick to Swaziland

64- Sabelo Ndznisa, Swaziland's number 9, down injured. Oliseh passes instruction on the touchline to Onazi.

63- A throw-in for Swaziland. Ikeme pulls a save to avoid a goal against Nigeria.

60- Simon Moses wins a throw-in but the hosts deal with the Nigerian attack.

57- Odion Ighalo fouled. Free-kick to Nigeria. The Swaziland wall is set. The kick by Onazi hits the post but Swaziland keeper clear for corner. Close!

55- Shehu Abdullahi fouled. A fast paced attack from the right flank sees Musa's shot saved.

54- Throw-in to Nigeria. Felix Badenhorst of Swaziland needs a stretcher as he has a hamstring problem. The host fans are having a 'party'.

52- Onazi deemed to have committed a foul. Lukhele's free-kick is atrocious.

50- The Swaziland skipper fires a low shot but the effort is off target. The fans excited by the hosts' confidence.

49- Mikel Obi makes a through pass but Simon Moses was slow in reaching it

47- Efe Ambrose wins Nigeria a free-kick. Swaziland attack from a break away but their shot in the end goes off target

45- Kick off by Nigeria.

45+1:  The Eagles clear the ball. Odion Ighalo goes down in the Swaziland after turning his marker but the ref fails to give a penalty.

45+3- The Eagles desperately play the long balls but no effects.

45- Yellow card for Godfrey Oboabona for a rash clearance.

43- Goal-kick for Nigeria. Ikeme with a long punt. Mikel fouled. Free-kick for Nigeria.

41- Onazi plays a long pass but too far for Musa. Swaziland free-kick but the Eagles clear.

40- Igbonu wins a midfield battle after Mikel lost the ball.

39- Odion Ighalo chases a long ball but is blocked from reaching it.

38- Free-kick to Swaziland. Mikel, the culprit.

The Eagles to get a goal-kick. Slack defending from the former African champions.

36- The Nigerian supporters are in full numbers. The Eagles win a throw-in.

33- Efe Ambrose clears the ball after a sloppy defending and poor pass almost gifts Swaziland a goal.

32- Swaziland get a free-kick. The Eagles clear their lines.

30-A clumsy clearance, and anoter by Eagles defenders. Swaziland corner. Now a Nigerian goal-kick.

25- Nigerian corner. Moses the winner. A flurry of blocked shots but ball cleared. Nhaliha Gwebu, the Swaziland keeper down injured. Receiving treatment.

23- A long range, left-footed shot by the hosts' captain. Ikeme saves.

The hosts are reluctant to come out of their defence, hoping to catch the Eagles on a break.

22- Yellow card for Tony Tzabede; Swaziland skipper.

19- Swaziland win possession and attack through the Eagles right back position. Ikeme catches the ball.

17- Ahmed Musa fires a long range shot. Off target.

16- Ighalo wins a corner for Nigeria but is cleared.

15- A bandaged Moses Simon wins a free-kick for Nigeria. The Eagles are in possession.

14- Mikel Obi wins Nigeria a free-kick.

11- Ogenyi Onazi, Mikel and the defenders exchange few passes. Musa crosses. An Odion Ighalo overhead kick and now a corner

10- Mikel Obi gives away the ball and Zanelo Nzibina unleashes a long range shot.

Goal kick for Swaziland after an Eagles chance went begging

The game resumes and a throw-in for Nigeria.

Clash of heads between Simon Moses and Felix Badenhorst. Treatment for both.

Nigerian fans are aplenty at the Somhlolo stadium. The Nigerian anthem was first to be rendered, followed by the hosts'.

1- The ref sounds his whistle. Kick off by Swaziland.

The two teams (Swaziland and Nigeria) are on the field for national anthems and parade of handshakes

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