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AFCON: Nigeria Train Rumbles into Durban

04 Feb 2013

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The Super Eagles would leave Rustenburg on Monday for Durban, venue of their semi final duel with the other Eagles of Mali on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s showdown at the Moses Mabhida Stadium is a big opportunity for the Eagles to make amends for disappointing Durbanites in particular and South Africans in general during the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.

After losing their first two matches against Argentina in Johannesburg and against Greece in Bloemfontein, the Eagles still stood a chance to reach the World Cup Round of 16 if they defeated Korea Republic.

At the Moses Mabhida Stadium on June 22, 2010, the Eagles, roared on by a capacity crowd, could only manage a 2-2 draw with the Koreans, following a couple of horrendous misses, and crashed out of the first World Cup on African soil at group stage.

On Wednesday, the Eagles will have the same capacity crowd on their side as South Africans have switched allegiance to Nigeria following a gorgeous display against Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday, and the fact that their own Bafana Bafana were eliminated by the Malians.

Nigeria will welcome back midfield lynchpin Fegor Ogude, who missed Sunday’s clash after being suspended for earning two yellow cards in the group stage.

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