It is 22 months since Emmanuel Emenike last scored an international goal for Nigeria. This long drought, he will seek to put an end to on Saturday when the Super Eagles confront the Taifa Stars of Tanzania in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Dar es Salaam.
Many still remember that Emenike, a power –playing forward was Top Scorer of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa. His four goals (against Burkina Faso, Zambia, Cote d’Ivoire and Mali) famously helped Nigeria to a third African title.
However, the Imo State –born Emenike, who recently moved from top Turkish club, Fenerbahce to Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates, has not scored for Nigeria since his two goals against Ethiopia in Addis Ababa in October 2013 virtually ensured Nigeria’s place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.
“I look forward to scoring against Tanzania. I am very determined to score again for Nigeria. I’m not happy for the long drought.
“The match in Tanzania is a must-win for us. I am very happy with our Coach (Sunday Oliseh) and the assistants, and the approach to training sessions. Their approach brings out the best from the players,” Emenike said during the week.
The Super Eagles, on the same three points with Egypt, however have one goal less than the Pharaohs, and will seek a handsome win in East Africa to shoot clear at the top. The Pharaohs of Egypt are away to Chad in N’djamena in the other match of Group G.
MATCHDAY 1 RESULTS
Tunisia 8 Djibouti 1
Togo 2 Liberia 1
DR Congo 2 Madagascar 1
Angola 4 Central Africa Rep 0
Mali 2 South Sudan 0
Equatorial Guinea 1 Benin Rep 1
Burkina Faso 2 Comoros 0
Uganda 2 Botswana 0
Zambia 0 Guinea Bissau 0
Congo Brazzaville 1 Kenya 1
Cape Verde 7 Sao Tome & Principe 1
Morocco 1 Libya 0
Nigeria 2 Chad 0
Egypt 3 Tanzania 0
Ghana 7 Mauritius 1
Mozambique 0 Rwanda 1
Cote d’Ivoire 0 Gabon 0
Sudan 1 Sierra Leone 0
Algeria 4 Seychelles 0
Ethiopia 2 Lesotho 1
Senegal 3 Burundi 1
Niger Rep 1 Namibia 0
Guinea 1 Swaziland 2
Malawi 1 Zimbabwe 2
Cameroon 1 Mauritania 0
South Africa 0 The Gambia 0
MATCHDAY 2 FIXTURES
GROUP A: Liberia Vs Tunisia; Djibouti Vs Togo
GROUP B: Central Africa Rep Vs DR Congo; Madagascar Vs Angola
GROUP C: Benin Rep Vs Mali; South Sudan Vs Equatorial Guinea
GROUP D: Botswana Vs Burkina Faso; Comoros Vs Uganda
GROUP E: Kenya Vs Zambia; Guinea Bissau Vs Congo Brazzaville
GROUP F: Libya Vs Cape Verde; Sao Tome & Principe Vs Morocco
GROUP G: Tanzania Vs Nigeria; Chad Vs Egypt
GROUP H: Rwanda Vs Ghana; Mauritius Vs Mozambique
GROUP I: Sierra Leone Vs Cote d’Ivoire; Gabon Vs Sudan
GROUP J: Lesotho Vs Algeria; Seychelles Vs Ethiopia
GROUP K: Namibia Vs Senegal; Burundi Vs Niger Republic
GROUP L: Zimbabwe Vs Guinea; Swaziland Vs Malawi
GROUP M: The Gambia Vs Cameroon; Mauritania Vs South Africa