by Sammy Wejinya
Nigeria’s Super Eagles are back on track at the 2014 African Nations Championship (Chan) in South Africa after recording a 4-2 victory over Mozambique in their second preliminary game on Wednesday.
The Super Eagles started their Chan campaign poorly with 1-2 opening day loss to Mali on Saturday and needed a positive response against the Mozambicans to avoid the ignominy of crashing out of the competition with a game to spare.
The West Africans however started on the worst possible note when Dario Khan’s free kick from 30 odd yards flew into the net with the Nigerian goalkeeper, Chigozie Agbim, badly positioned in the 10th minute.
The Super Eagles responded in lightening fashion and were level barely a minute later when Ifeanyi Ede fired in a low volley after the Mozambicans failed to deal with a throw in.
Two minutes later, Nigeria were in front for the first time in the game. Rabiu Ali made the most of some lax defending before firing in from outside the box.
Mozambique astonishingly got back on level terms in the 20th minute through Alberto Antonio Diogo after yet another bad mistake by Agbim.
Nigeria started well in the second half and were soon awarded a controversial penalty after the referee adjudged that Khan had handled in the box.
Ali made no mistake from 12 yards as he sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to complete his brace.
Substitute, Nanen Imenger sealed the win for Nigeria with a delightful lob late on as the Super Eagles returned to winning ways.
Nigeria will now advance to the quarterfinals with a win over South Africa in their final preliminary game on Sunday.