Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Afcon

Ikpeba in 2000 © BBC

Super does not mean invincible



The dynamic and intelligent young Nigerians gave ample and empathic demonstration that Eagles (Mali) and Super Eagles (Nigeria) "no be mate" as they say in Nigeria - meaning they are not equal.

A comprehensive 4-1 destruction typified by cerebral play. I thought Finidi George's wily football intelligence had been transplanted into all 11 players on the pitch, so utter was their control of the game, so completely did they implement their gameplan through rhythmic, intricate passing and constant convoluted movement which confounded a hapless Mali.

I have not ever watched Nigeria play in this manner in my whole experience, not even the dynamite 1994 side which is regarded as the touchstone Nigeria team.

So Nigeria in its 13th CAN semi-final since emerging as a power in the African game during the 1976 tournament in Ethiopia, wins this one to make it 7 semi-final wins in total.

The unfortunate statistic of course is that out of 6 finals played before now, we have won only 2 --1980 v. Algeria and 1994 v. Zambia. The rest have been defeats, 3 (1984, 88 and 2000) to Cameroon and one to Algeria (1990).

So at the end of the day...this will make for a nervous 90 minutes on Sunday because as we see, for Nigeria nothing is etched in stone. Especially in the finals.

Gbenga Bunmi Aina

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Sports Talk



Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Rodgers must focus on the league
Many footballers arriving in the Barclays Premier League have been warned of second-season syndrome.

Sunday Oliseh
Dortmund's winning formula is killing it
I sat in Signal Iduna Park to watch Dortmund over-run Arsenal and wondered, how long will it take...

John Dykes
A Gooner or a gonner?
An International Break can do funny things to the mind. Mine, for instance was heavily engaged this...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Why can’t soccer be like rugby?
Sport is supposed to be sport; something we all do for the love of it, for recreational purposes,...

Neil Tovey
Backing Coetzee for Bafana
After three Afcon 2015 qualifiers, Bafana Bafana deserve credit for keeping as many clean sheets...

Carol Radull
Let's criticise to improve Kenyan football
Sometimes my fellow Kenyans make me angry. We are the kings of Africa when it comes to criticism,...