Sign in to comment!



Nigerian Nwofor bags brace in comeback


Nigeria's Elderson Echiejile (R) passes the ball away from South Africa's Thuso Phala during the 2013 Nelson Mandela football Challenge friendly match between South Africa and Nigeria at Moses Mabhida Stadium on August 14, 2013 in Durban, South Africa. Nigeria won 2-0. (AFP)

Uche Nwofor emerged from the international wilderness Wednesday to bag a brace as Nigeria outplayed South Africa 2-0 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge.

The 21-year-old striker from Dutch Club VVV Venlo came on at half-time for the African champions and scored after 49 and 68 minutes at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

His only previous international cap was won as an 18-year-old in a 2010 friendly against the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Nwofor back-heeled the ball past goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune for the first goal and tapped a cross over the line for the second in cool, dry late winter conditions

A comfortable victory for the 'Super Eagles' in Indian Ocean city Durban was achieved without a number of stars, including midfielder John Obi Mikel and striker Emmanuel Emenike.

Mikel from Chelsea was a late withdrawal owing to a stomach bug while coach Stephen Keshi agreed that Emenike needed to settle in at his new club, Fenerbahce of Turkey.

After a largely uneventful opening 45 minutes, Keshi introduced Victor Moses, Ahmed Musa and Nwofor, and they injected pace and penetration that South Africa could not combat.

Nigeria have won six and drawn one of eight internationals against Bafana Bafana (The Boys), who last scored against their African nemesis nine years ago.