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Emenike gives Super Eagles edge but Keshi is cautious
October 14th, 2013 12:59AM
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[WORLD CUP 2014 QUALIFYING] Nigeria moved closer to qualifying for the World Cup for the fifth time in the last six tournaments with a 2-1 win at Ethiopia in the first leg of their African final-round series.

Emmanuel Emenike, who has played for five clubs in South Africa, Turkey and Russia in six years since leaving Nigeria at the age of 20, scored both goals -- the second on a penalty kick in the 90th minute -- for the Super Eagles, who came back from a goal down after Behailu Assefa put Ethiopia ahead in the 57th minute.

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi, who played in the USISL Select League with the Sacramento Scorpions, remained cautious about the advantage going into the second leg Nov. 16 in Calabar.

“We still have to go play Ethiopia at home as if we never played them, and we'll take it from there,” he said.

Ethiopia's "Waliya Antelopes" are heavy underdogs, but they impressed Keshi.

"Ethiopia was awesome today," he said. "They played good."

CAMEROON-TUNISIA. Cameroon held Tunisia to a 0-0 tie, but it would have won the game but for Pierre Webo's miss from close range.

The Indomitable Lions, who have made an African record six appearances in the World Cup finals, host the second leg Nov. 17 in Yaounde.

Saturday ...

BURKINA FASO-ALGERIA. After twice coming back from a goal down, Algeria seemed to have secured a draw at Burkina Faso, but a controversial penalty call led to the winning goal for the Stallions in their 3-2 win in Ouagadougou.

Aristide Bance had missed a penalty in the first half but he didn't miss a second time to win the game after Zambian referee Janny Sikazwe awarded a penalty for Essaid Belkalem's handball -- even though Belkalem's arms were folded behind his back and he was turning away when the ball struck from about five yards away hit his upper arm.

The Algerian players confronted Sikazwe and his assistant before Bance, whose penalty kick in the first half was saved by Rais M'bolhi, converted to give Burkina Faso a 3-2 lead heading into the second leg Nov. 19 in Blida.

Jonathan Pitroipa and Djakaridja Kone twice put the Burkinabes ahead, but Sofiane Feghouli and Carl Medjani responded for the Fennecs.

IVORY COAST-SENEGAL. Stars Didier Drogba, Gervinho and Salomon Kalou all came through with goals to give favored Ivory Coast a 3-1 win over Senegal.

Drogba and Gervinho scored in the first half and Kalou added a third goal past former MLS keeper Bouna Coundoul early in the second half before Papiss Demba Cisse responded late in stoppage time for Senegal, which must host the second leg in Morocco.

The African confederation issued a one-year ban on the Stade Leopold Senghor in Dakar after fans rioted during a Senegal-Ivory Coast African Cup qualifier last year.

Africa Schedule:
Tuesday, Oct. 15
Ghana-Egypt, Bein Sport, Bein Sport en Espanol, Bein Play, noon ET

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