Two late penalties (78’ and 90’) from forward Victor Moses gave the super eagles of Nigeria a crucial win against Ethiopia and the maximum three points needed to advance to the quarter finals of the ongoing AFCON 2013.
Moses, 22, opened the scoring from the spot after he was fouled by Ethiopian defender Alula Girma with 10 minutes remaining to end the match.
The Chelsea forward earned the second penalty when he was brought down by goalkeeper Sisay Bancha, who was sent off.
Zambia would have gone ahead to qualify for the quarter finals at the expense of Nigeria If Moses had not scored, due to a worse disciplinary record. Defending champions, Zambia and Nigeria had come into their last round of group fixtures level on points and with an equal goal difference after they drew both their opening games 1-1.
The chipolopolo of Zambia were eliminated after their game with Burkina Faso ended in a goalless draw.
The super eagles of Nigeria will be taking on the Ivory Coast in the quarter finals of the AFCON 2013 on Sunday.