Another victory recorded for Nigeria’s Super Eagles as they thrashed Mali 4-1 to reach the AFCON finals since over 10 years.
The match kicked off with Nigeria dominating the match, which eventually yielded results in the 25th minute as Elderson Echiejile opened the scorer. Five minutes later, in the 30th minute to be precise Brown Ideye extended the lead to make it 2-0 in favour of the Super Eagles. Emmanuel Emenike added his goal with a deflected free kick to totally demoralize the Malians, making it 3-0 and earning him the award as the Highest Goal Scorer of the Tournament. This was the 44th minute to give Nigerians a deserving win already in the first half.
Ahmed Musa can in as a substitute and scored the 4th stunner for Nigeria in the 60th minute before Cheick Diarra netted a consolation goal for Mali in the 75th minute. The game ended 4-1 giving Nigeria a ticket to the finals of the game.
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi, who captained the team which won the title in 1994, said the speed of his attack made the difference on Wednesday.
“We know the team of Mali is very good, with Keita and other very good players, but we also know that they are a little bit slow so we have taken advantage of that, trying to be quick with the ball when attacking.”
Keita, a former Barcelona playmaker, missed yet another chance to win a title with his national team.
“Nigeria won today because it was a better team. We played against a very good team.”
The Super Eagles will face Burkina Faso who defeated Ghana later in the night in a match that ended in a penalty shoot-out.