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Football: Ethiopia coach slams referee after Nigeria loss

Ethiopia coach Bishaw Sewnet has blamed Gambian referee Bakary Papa Gassama for robbing his team of a chance of a making the World Cup finals for the first time. Sewnet's side went down 2-0 to Nigeria on Saturday, giving the Super Eagles a 4-1 aggregate victory over the two legs, to send them to the finals for the fifth time. But the coach said: "The referee won the game for Nigeria. He denied us two penalties and gave them a soft penalty. These were not fair decisions by the referee."

Football: Ivory Coast, Nigeria qualify for World Cup

Ivory Coast joined Nigeria in the World Cup finals on Saturday after a 1-1 draw against Senegal gave them a 4-2 aggregate win on a tense night in neutral Casablanca. Ivory Coast reached a third successive World Cup but they had to survive a tense conclusion to their play-off second leg clash after Senegal had gone ahead 1-0 on the night through a 77th-minute penalty by substitute Moussa Sow after the lively Sadio Mane was fouled by Didier Drogba.

Football: Nigeria qualify for fifth World Cup finals

Nigeria on Saturday qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after beating Ethiopia 2-0 at home in Calabar in the second leg of their decisive play-off to go through 4-1 on aggregate. Victor Moses gave Nigeria the lead after 20 minutes when he tucked away a penalty after Anyalem Hailu handled the ball inside his box, and substitute Victor Obinna doubled Nigeria's lead on 82 minutes when he fired home a free-kick to kill off the game and the tie.

Football: Nigeria qualify for fifth World Cup finals

Nigeria on Saturday qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after beating Ethiopia 2-0 at home in Calabar to go through 4-1 on aggregate. Victor Moses gave Nigeria the lead after 20 minutes when he tucked away a penalty after Anyalem Hailu handled the ball inside his box. Substitute Victor Obinna doubled Nigeria's lead on 82 minutes when he fired home a free-kick to kill off the game and the tie. The reigning African champions thus march on to their fifth World Cup finals having also featured at the 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010 tournaments.

Football: Nigeria qualify for World Cup

Nigeria on Saturday qualified for the 2014 World Cup after beating Ethiopia 2-0 at home to go through 4-1 on aggregate. Victor Moses and substitute Victor Obinna scored the goals for the Super Eagles, who go through to their fifth World Cup having also featured at the 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010 tournaments. as/dj

Football: Nigeria coach Keshi demands big win over Ethiopia

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi said Friday that he expects his team to beat Ethiopia well and qualify for next year's World Cup in Brazil in style. Nigeria won the first leg of their World Cup play-off 2-1 in Ethiopia last month. "We want to win against them and win well," Keshi said in Calabar, Nigeria's southern coastal city, venue of Saturday's match. "We have also not lost any game away and we are the champions of Africa. We must be ready at all times for any opposition and I think that is what we are set to do on Saturday."

Football: Nigeria's youngsters promise bright future

The future looks bright for Nigerian football after the country's young stars won the FIFA Under-17 World Cup for the fourth time, underlining their strength at youth level. The Eaglets romped to a convincing 3-0 victory over defending champions Mexico in Abu Dhabi on Friday, prompting praise from President Goodluck Jonathan and sending the football-mad country into raptures. "They (the team) are the future of Nigerian football," said coach Manu Garba, who was assistant coach when the team won the tournament in 2007.

Football: Nigeria squad for World Cup play-off

Nigeria named a 25-man squad for their 2014 World Cup play-off against Ethiopia and a friendly against Italy in London on Sunday. Nigeria will host Ethiopia in a return leg playoff on November 16 in Calabar after they won the first game 2-1 in Addis Ababa last month. Two days later, they battle Italy in a friendly at Craven Cottage in London. The two additions to the squad from last month's World Cup play-off win in Ethiopia are Kenneth Omeruo from Chelsea and Scotland-based Gabriel Reuben. Both players have been out of the squad on account of long-term injuries.

Football: Keshi wary of Ethiopia despite victory

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi said the team is not overconfident after a 2-1 win in Ethiopia Sunday set up a probable fifth World Cup appearance. An Emmanuel Emenike brace won the first leg of a play-off, leaving the 'Super Eagles' needing just a draw at home next month to secure a place at the 2014 finals in Brazil. "We still have to go play Ethiopia at home as if we never played them, and we'll take it from there," he told reporters after the match in Addis Ababa.

Football: Emenike brace gives Nigeria victory in Ethiopia

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 Addis Ababa. Ethiopia, the surprise side among the 10 qualifiers for the play-offs, took the lead 11 minutes into the second half through Behailu Assefa. Nigeria host the return match on November 16 in Calabar and a draw will suffice to secure one of five places reserved for Africa.
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