ETHIOPIAN football fans have gone on the rampage in Addis Ababa attacking Nigerian businesses and setting cars on fire in response to what they see as the unfair loss of their national team the Walia Antelopes to the Super Eagles. Earlier today, the Eagles beat the Antelopes by two goals to one in the first leg of a World Cup qualifier, which gives them the advantage in the two-legged tie. However, Ethiopian fans feel robbed by the Cameroonian referee who denied them what looked like a clear goal in the 24 minute. Halfway through the second half, Saladin Said, Ethiopia’s best player, controlled a long diagonal ball well and managed to beat Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama only to see Godfrey Oboabona clear it off the line. Video replays shows that the ball had clearly crossed the line but Cameroonian official Neant Alioum refused to give the goal. To make matters worse for the home side, Mr Alioum awarded a 90th minute penalty against the Walia Antelopes after Ethiopian defender Hailu Aynalem needlessly dragged Emmanuel Emenike down in the penalty area. Nigeria’s leading goalscorer, Emenike then got up and coolly slotted home the decisive winner. So far, Ethiopia has had a near perfect record in the World cup qualifiers, winning all their home games and thousands of Walia Antelope fans had trooped to Addis Ababa’s national stadium expecting another victory. Following the loss to the Eagles, the anger boiled over into the streets of Addis Ababa. – See more at: http://www.nigerianwatch.com/news/2837-ethiopian-fans-go-on-the-rampage-attacking-nigerians-in-addis-ababa#sthash.ffnZlJUu.amjX1cSC.dpuf
October 13, 2013 (AFP) — Emmanuel Emenike bagged a brace as Nigeria
won 2-1 in Ethiopia Sunday to all but clinch a place at the 2014 World
Cup in Brazil.
The giant Turkey-based striker equalised midway through the second
half with a fierce shot and calmy converted a last-minute penalty in
Ethiopia, the surprise side among the 10 qualifiers for the
play-offs, took the lead 11 minutes into the second half through Behailu
Nigeria host the return match on November 16 in Calabar and a draw
will suffice to secure one of five places reserved for Africa.
Ethiopia had more possession and scoring chances during the opening
half only to be let down by poor finishing at the 35,000-seat Addis
Girma Adane was the chief culprit while Salahdin Ahmed had appeals for a goal and a penalty rejected by the Cameroon referee.
Nigeria offered little going forward and the nerves of coach and
former ‘Super Eagles’ skipper Stephen Keshi showed as he constantly
checked his watch.
The home side favoured short passes during the cagey early stages
while Nigeria were more direct as they sought a fifth World Cup
Adane should have done better midway through the half, hitting a
cross-cum-shot tamely at goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama from a tight angle.
Within a minute, the ‘Waliya Antelopes’ thought they had the lead as
Ahmed pushed a long ball past the goalkeeper only for Godfrey Oboabona
The Egypt-based Ethiopian striker was convinced the ball had crossed the line, but television replays were inconclusive.
When Ahmed went down the referee ignored spot-kick pleas, but the
momentum was with the side trying to become the first from east Africa
to reach the World Cup.
Ethiopia goalkeeper Jemal Tassew failed to grasp an Ahmed Musa snap
shot in a rare Nigerian attack, but the ball was scrambled to safety.
Girma twice spoilt good build-ups with wild finishing, Ogenyi Onazi
was too high with a free-kick and Enyeama saved acrobatically from Ahmed
in a lively end to the half.
Tense early second half exchanges kept the crowd quiet until a bizarre goal put the Antelopes ahead on 56 minutes.
An Assefa cross appeared to pose no threat, but Enyeama had his feet
behind the line as he caught the ball and the referee awarded a goal.
Victor Moses should have equalised soon after as he broke through, but Tassew dashed off his line to block the shot.
The ineffective Chelsea midfielder, who is on loan to Liverpool, was taken off almost immediately and replaced by Brown Ideye.
Silence enveloped the stadium on 67 minutes as Emenike levelled with a
drive from outside the box that went in off the left hand of Tassew.
Musa rattled the right post from close range with 13 minutes left as
Nigeria sought a winner that arrived when Emenike sent Tassew the wrong
way from the penalty spot.
Chelsea old boys Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou were among the Ivory
Coast scorers as they defeated Senegal 3-1 in Abidjan Saturday.
The other Ivorian goal came when Lamine Sane put the ball into his
own net and Papiss Cisse struck six minutes into stoppage time to give a
glimmer of hope to the Senegalese.
Aristide Bance converted a controversial late penalty to earn Burkina Faso a 3-2 win over Algeria in an Ouagadougou thriller.
A shot appeared to strike the chest of Essaid Belkalem, who had his
hands behind his back, but the Zambian referee awarded a spot-kick.
Outstanding Jonathan Pitroipa and Djakaridja Kone were the other
Burkinabe scores while Sofiane Feghouli and Carl Medjani netted for
Algeria. – AFP