Soccer, and Nigeria have lost all chance of qualifying for the World Cup, after losing 1-0 to Tunisia in Lagos last Saturday (12 November).
Soccer, and Nigeria have lost all chance of qualifying for the World Cup, after losing 1-0 to Tunisia in Lagos last Saturday (12 November). The Nigerians went down after scoring an own goal.
SYNOPSIS: A crowd of over 70,000 had gathered at the National Stadium in Lagos for the big match. The home team, in the all-white strip, started rather slowly, and it took a few minutes for the game to come alive. But the pace increased, with both sides making dangerous forays towards their opponents' goal. The home side were unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions, but, particularly in the second half, the visitors from Tunisia were the better tacticians, and controlled most of the play.
Fifteen minutes into the second half, the Tunisians were pressing forward, and a long pass across from the right wing was accidentally headed in by Nigerian defender Godwin Odiye.
From then on, the Tunisians had it mostly their own way, although the home team did mount an occasional clever counter attack. But for Nigeria, it was the end of their World Cup hopes. Tunisia has still to play Egypt, both at home and away, and the results are certain to put either Tunisia or Egypt ahead of Nigeria in the Africa group.
At the end of the match, there was no doubt Odiye blamed himself for his team's defeat, and he flung himself down on the ground weeping. But for the other players, there were good-natured congratulations.