Nigeria wins Mandela cup in South Africa

The Super Eagles of Nigeria defeated the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Durban. The annual Nelson Mandela challenge cup was played on Wednesday evening in a well-packed stadium. The two teams were cautious in the early moments of the game, but the Stephen Keshi tutored side were the first team to show a strong intention to win the match.

Portuguese-based John Ogu fired two shots that were saved by the South African keeper. He almost gave the African champions the lead after the half hour mark, but the crossbar denied him his first international goal. Sunday Mba held on to the ball for long periods and that didn't help the fluidity of play in the midfield.

Obinna Nsofor also played poorly in the first 45 minutes of play.

Victor Moses was a thorn in the flesh of the South African defence. The home team almost took the lead towards the end of a goalless first half.

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Second Half
After the break, Stephen Keshi introduced Uche Nwofor. The Dutch-based player put his team in front within 3 minutes of his introduction. A lovely back-heel within the penalty box gave Nigeria a 1-0 lead before the hour mark.

In the 66th minute, Victor Moses delivered a defence-splitting pass and Nwofor was available to slot the ball into an empty net.

The Nigerians have now won two trophies in South Africa in the year 2013.