Monday, January 21, 2013
NIGERIA FORCED TO A 1-1 DRAW BY BUKINA FASO AT AFCON 2013
The super eagles of Nigeria got off their 2013 Afcon campaign to a 1-1 draw against Burkina Faso at the Mbombela Stadium Nelspruit on Monday night
Nigeria played with ten men for the last quarter of an hour after Efe Ambrose was sent off.
Emmanuel Emenike opened the scoring midway through the first half but substitute Alain Traore netted the equaliser deep into injury time after the Nigerians had been reduced to ten men.
The Super Eagles should have taken the lead in the 12th minute as Ahmed Musa squared the ball to find Brown Ideye inside the penalty area but directed his shot over the bar from close range.
Three minutes later Emenike delivered a teasing cross from the right towards the far post but Ideye headed wide when he could’ve left the ball for Elderson Echiejile who was lurking behind him.
Then in the 17th minute Burkina Faso were almost gifted a goal as Joseph Yobo lost possession to Jonathan Pitroipa, but in the end Wilfried Dah could only fire against the side netting.
The deadlock was eventually broken six minutes later as Emenike sneaked ahead of two defenders to nudge the ball past the advancing goalkeeper following a neat flick from Ideye.
Burkina Faso threatened to equalise in the 32nd minute as a freekick was played into the box but Djakaridja Kone and Aristide Bance got in each other’s way as they looked to pull the trigger.
Then three minutes into the second half Moumoni Dagano should have leveled matters when he was picked out by a good cross from Jonathan Pitroipa, but he failed to connect with his head and the ball deflected off his shoulder.
Substitute Ikechukwu Uche had two great chances to give Nigeria a cushion, but on both cases he missed by much.
But it will be the Nigerians who will be licking their wounds after dropping two points right at the death after Alain Traore's strike cancelled out Emmanuel Emenike' goal.
Traore was also the hero in October when he grabbed another late winner to deny Central African Republic an historic passage to this tournament.
Group C is now delicately balanced after Zambia and Ethiopia also played out a 1-1 draw in the first match of the group.