Nigeria helped themselves to a 3-1 friendly win over Venezuela at Marlins Park Baseball stadium in Miami on Wednesday night, and Newcastle’s Shola Ameobi came on as a second half substitute and made Nigeria’s third goal.
Venezuela’s Agnel-Flores battles Igiebor Nosa last night in Miami
Venezuela had a lot of the play in this game, and also had two goals disallowed, and the final score-line is not a fair reflection of the game. But the Super Eagles were much sharper in front of goal, and when they got their chances they put them away nicely, in what was an entertaining match to watch.
There were no goals in the first half and Nigeria opened their account four minutes into the second half, when Solomon Kwambe made a good run down the right wing and crossed to Brown Ideye, who put the ball into the back of the net.
Nigeria made it 2-0 after 53 minutes, when Nosa Igiebor controlled the ball on his chest and hit a wonderful strike from 30 yards past goalkeeper Dani Hernandez, but then Venezuela scored in the 70th minute when Frank Feltscher scored to make it 2-1.
The South Americans then came at the Nigerian side, but it was the African side who got a third in added time, when Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi, who had come on as a sub to make his full international debut at the age of 31, controlled the ball beautifully, and laid off a perfect pass to Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, who side-footed into the goal to make it 3-1.
We will have to wait and see if Shola’s performance will be enough to get him in the squad for the African Cup of Nations in January and February, but we now have to recognize that Shola is a full International.
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