Ethiopia vs Nigeria

Current Score

  • Ethiopia 0
  • Nigeria 2

Current time


Match Profile

  • Time 4:00 AM AEDT 30 January 2013
  • League Africa Cup of Nations
  • Round Group stage
  • Venue Royal Bafokeng Stadium
  • Attendance 15,000


Ethiopia ETH


Nigeria NGA
Goal Scorers
Goal Scorers
  • V. Moses (PG)
    • 80minutes
    • 90minutes
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 0
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 0

Match Commentary

minute code event
90 SI Substitute in J. Yobo of Nigeria
90 SO Substitute out J. Obi Mikel of Nigeria
90 PG GOAL (Nigeria): Penalty scored by V. Moses
90 COMMENT J. Yobo comes on for J. Obi Mikel.
90 COMMENT GAME SET AND MATCH! Hintsa guesses the right way but cannot quite get a touch on the ball, as Moses nestles the spot-kick into the bottom left corner.
90 COMMENT @ENGRJUSTMAN was right after all it seems: "Nigeria has all it takes to win, but KESHI'S TACTICAL ABILITY IS QUESTIONABLE. AHMED MUSA IS NEEDED."
90 COMMENT Four of the seven minutes stoppage time are done and Beyene comes close with an attempt which goes just over the bar for Ethiopia!
90 COMMENT Penalty goal scored by V. Moses!
88 COMMENT The penalty still hasn't been taken as the match officials are not satisfied with the midfielder's attire.. the measures taken to amend the situation? Tape on the back of his jersey!
85 Y2C Second Yellow card awarded to S. Bancha of Ethiopia
85 COMMENT S. Bancha gets a second yellow card and is sent off!
85 COMMENT PENALTY TO NIGERIA... AGAIN!!! The Ethiopian goalkeeper is sent off for wiping out Musa in the box, and Hintsa is forced to deputise between the sticks as his country have run out of substitutes to bring on!
82 YC Yellow card awarded to S. Bancha of Ethiopia
82 COMMENT S. Bancha goes into the referee's book.
82 COMMENT Terrific save from Enyeama to deny Said from levelling the scores with a header in the box. Moments later, Ethiopia defend yet ANOTHER free kick and Sisay does wonderfully well to keep his team in with a shout following Mikel's delivery!
80 PG GOAL (Nigeria): Penalty scored by V. Moses
80 COMMENT Penalty goal scored by V. Moses!
80 COMMENT As things stand, Nigeria will join Burkina Faso in qualifying from Group C, with Afcon holders Zambia on their way out of the competition!
79 COMMENT Moses is hauled down in the box and he steps up to take the resulting spot-kick....
79 COMMENT The hopes of a nation rest on the forward's shoulders... AND, COOL AS YOU LIKE, HE WRONGFOOTS THE GOALKEEPER WITH A COMPOSED FINISH!!!
78 YC Yellow card awarded to Alula Girma of Ethiopia
78 COMMENT Alula Girma is cautioned by the referee.
77 COMMENT It's getting desperate for Nigeria now. Mba finds space on the edge of the box with the ball at his feet, but instead of looking for options either side of him, he shoots wayward. They are in urgent need of inspiration here...
75 SI Substitute in B. Ideye of Nigeria
75 SO Substitute out E. Emenike of Nigeria
75 COMMENT B. Ideye comes on for E. Emenike.
74 COMMENT Girma is furious as he loses out in a duel with Mikel, who appeared to clip the midfielder first. Nonetheless, Moses' free kick whistles off the field of play for a goal kick.
71 COMMENT Ethiopia find solace down the right wing as three players in the box await the cross, but Enyeama is quick off his line to restore safety.
68 SI Substitute in B. Bogale of Ethiopia
68 SO Substitute out Y. Saleh of Ethiopia
68 COMMENT Y. Saleh is replaced with B. Bogale.
68 COMMENT Mba responds to his booking by firing a strike, low and hard, at Sesay Basa, who smothers his attempt. Meanwhile, Musa sneaks into the box, although he is soon brushed off the ball by Elias.
66 COMMENT CLEARED OFF THE LINE! Omeruo has been an imposing figure for the Nigerians, who have brought Ahmed Musa on in the last few moments, and his header from a corner is glanced away in the nick of time!
65 SI Substitute in A. Musa of Nigeria
65 SO Substitute out I. Uche of Nigeria
65 COMMENT A. Musa enters the game and replaces I. Uche.
64 COMMENT MUCH BETTER! Moses goes on a mazy run into the Ethiopian danger area, but he is stopped in his tracks as he tries to hold the ball up. Positive signs for the Super Eagles!
63 YC Yellow card awarded to F. Ogude of Nigeria
63 COMMENT F. Ogude goes into the referee's book.
62 YC Yellow card awarded to S. Mba of Nigeria
62 COMMENT S. Mba is cautioned by the referee.
62 COMMENT Nigeria are afforded another free kick, which Moses fizzes in deep at the back post, but Ogude's volley is charged down! Meanwhile, Sunday Mba is shown the yellow card by the referee.
60 COMMENT Mikel is penalised for a high boot on Hintsa. The Chelsea man has been one of the biggest under-performers of the evening and will need to buck up his ideas fairly quickly if Nigeria want to seal progression!
58 COMMENT Ethiopia saunter forward as Ibrahim is found down the right-hand side, but his cross is blocked and cleared. Keshi's troops try to exploit the Walya Antelopes on the break - eventually to no avail.
56 COMMENT Set pieces aren't exactly either team's forte, as they balloon their respective efforts into the stratosphere!
48 COMMENT The Ethiopians have definitely started the better side in these opening exchanges, but the breakthrough is still proving elusive. Nigeria, on the other hand, are struggling to find consistency in their passing.
46 SI Substitute in M. Teshome of Ethiopia
46 SO Substitute out D. Estifanos of Ethiopia
46 SI Substitute in F. Ibrahim of Ethiopia
46 SO Substitute out U. Ukuri of Ethiopia
46 COMMENT F. Ibrahim enters the game and replaces U. Ukuri.
46 COMMENT D. Estifanos is replaced with M. Teshome.
45 COMMENT The match is back under way for the second half, and Ethiopia have brought on Umed Ukuri to inject some much-needed pace in midfield!
45 COMMENT Nigeria win two successive corners, which are driven into the box, but Omeruo cannot guide his pair of free headers on target. The burly defender is asking serious questions of the Ethiopian rearguard it seems.
45 COMMENT Moses' Blues team-mate floats the ball into the box, but it's a defender's finish as Omeruo blasts high over the crossbar from close range!
45 COMMENT @bosun_emmans seems to agree with me, as he writes: "What a woeful first half performance from the Super Eagles, they have to look out for the goal if they want to progress."
44 COMMENT Ethiopia are furious as Emenike goes down a little theatrically, forcing them to defend in numbers again from a free kick on the edge of the box!
43 COMMENT Unfortunately for the Super Eagles, the Chelsea winger's attempt crashes against the wall and Ethiopia clear their lines.
42 YC Yellow card awarded to D. Debebe of Ethiopia
42 COMMENT D. Debebe gets yellow.
42 COMMENT Nigeria are awarded a free kick in a dangerous position central to goal... Mikel and Moses both stand over this set-piece with only one thing on their mind!
39 COMMENT Moses has grown into this match more and more. On this occasion, he slips down the left and forces the ball across the face of goal, but no attacker meets it to apply the predatory touch.
36 COMMENT CHANCE! Elderson meets Moses' the corner at the far post, but his header goes straight into the hands of the goalkeeper.
34 COMMENT Mikel launches a long ball over the top towards Emenike, who challenges the keeper well, forcing him to concede a corner. Good play from the Spartak man.
33 COMMENT As the match has worn on, Ethiopia have looked more and more a part of the contest. Nigeria have looked more incisive going forward, but their final ball has really let them down.
30 COMMENT Moses wins a free kick with a decent burst down the right, but the Nigerians just waste it. Inexplicable.
28 COMMENT This has been an end-to-end affair thus far, both sides have gone forward in fits and bursts, but neither have produced that moment of quality.
26 COMMENT Time for Nigeria to go on the offensive now. Moses spreads the ball out right, and Uche tees it up for Elderson, who blazes well over the bar. What a waste of a real opportunity!
24 COMMENT Another Ethiopian attack now. sending a through-ball into the area, but the attacker doesn't run for it and it dribbles out for a goal kick.
23 COMMENT Ethiopia swing in a cross from the left, but it evades everyone in the Nigeria box. Any touch could have taken it in.
21 YC Yellow card awarded to B. Elyas of Ethiopia
21 COMMENT B. Elyas is cautioned by the referee.
15 COMMENT Things still a bit cagey here. Lots at stake, of course, which could be contributing to the rather tentative standard of play so far.
13 COMMENT At last a bit of attacking verve from Ethiopia, winning a corner, but the resulting header goes high and wide of the goal, leaving Enyeama completely untroubled.
10 COMMENT Ethiopia, meanwhile, are currently bottom, and will be going all out for a win here to reach the knockout stages.
8 COMMENT Group C, at the moment, could well have a shock on the cards. Zambia, defending champions, and Nigeria, both trial Burkina Faso in the standings at this stage.
6 COMMENT Emenike struck an excellent goal against Zambia in Nigeria's last encounter, and again here he looks to be their main goal threat, running the channels and putting the Ethiopia back line under pressure.
4 COMMENT It's been a strange tournament so far - no side has really staked a claim to be potential winners, with most of the Groups - such as this - heading into the final round of fixtures.
2 COMMENT Nigeria have started much the stronger in the opening stages here. Moses fires a free-kick in on goal, which takes a nick off of the edge of the wall, but the ball rolls into the arms of the goalkeeper.
1 COMMENT We are underway!
0 COMMENT Good afternoon and welcome to's live coverage of Ethiopia v Nigeria from the Africa Cup of Nations!
0 COMMENT The full-time whistle is blown and Nigeria have qualified from Group C following a 2-0 win against Ethiopia! Sesay Basa's red card may have been a huge turning point, but some of the pressure will have been allayed on the Super Eagles who are now set to face Cote d'Ivoire in the first knockout stage
0 COMMENT Here is a half-time view from @MIKassim, who has given Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi food for thought: "I think he should introduce ahmed musa. Nigeria can get a goal."
0 COMMENT It's a complicated situation here for Nigeria, with a win required, depending on the result in the Zambia- Burkina Faso match, if they are to reach the next round.
0 COMMENT The first half comes to a closure and it ends goalless between the two Group C rivals. Send me your tweets on the match via Twitter @livmc - Livio Caferoglu here to guide you through the second period!




S. Bancha
D. Debebe
B. Elyas
Alula Girma
A. Butako
U. Ukuri
Y. Saleh
A. Hintsa
D. Estifanos
S. Said
G. Kebede


M. Teshome
F. Ibrahim
B. Bogale


D. Estifanos
U. Ukuri
Y. Saleh


B. Elyas
D. Debebe
Alula Girma
S. Bancha


S. Bancha



V. Enyeama
K. Omeruo
G. Oboabona
E. Ambrose
U. Echiejile
I. Uche
S. Mba
F. Ogude
J. Obi Mikel
V. Moses
E. Emenike


A. Musa
B. Ideye
J. Yobo


I. Uche
E. Emenike
J. Obi Mikel


V. Moses
V. Moses


S. Mba
F. Ogude

Match Statistics


Possession (%) 40
Corners 6
Fouls 21
Offsides 0
Shots on Target 4
Shots Wide 5