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Nigerian pupils report on defeat

By Eniola and Timothy, School Reporters from Abuja, Nigeria
Reporting from the Ellis Park stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa

The second Group B match at the ongoing FIFA 2010 World Cup between Nigeria and Argentina kicked off at exactly 1600 hours local time.

The Ellis Park stadium, the venue of the match, was filled to capacity. Statistics later revealed that attendance was a little over 56,000. The Argentine fans were conspicuously dominant and could be seen all over the stadium, waving the Argentina flag and blasting away on their vuvuzelas.

School Reporters Timothy and Eniola at Ellis Park stadium, Johannesburg
Timothy and Eniola soak up the atmosphere in the stadium

The stadium was alive with drum beats, the deafening noise of the vuvuzela, colourful attires and people from all over the world. It was simply incredible; we have never seen anything like this in our lives.

The Nigerian Senate President, David Mark, and other top government officials were in attendance.

The Argentines were clearly technically better and scored the first goal in the sixth minute of the match. It was scored by Heinz, wearing jersey number six, and came off a corner kick taken by Lionel Messi.

The goal seemed to motivate the Argentines as they came out in full force, wanting to score more goals, and the match ended one goal to nil at half time.

Maradona management

In the second half, the Nigerian coach, Lars Lagerback made a couple of changes: Osaze Odemwingie came in for Chinedu Obasi Ogbuke, Obafemi Martins came in for Obinna Nsofor and Uche Kalu came in for injured Taye Taiwo.

The changes seemed to have an impact on the tempo of the match as the Super Eagles raised their game significantly and came close to scoring on several occasions. The Argentine defence however, withstood all incursions.

Young children at the Nigeria v Argentina World Cup match
South African fans of all ages were there to support Bafana Bafana

The Argentine coach, Diego Maradona, also made some changes in the second half: Maximiliano Rodriguez came on for Veron Milito and Nicolas Burdisso for Angel di Maria.

Lionel Messi missed a couple of scoring chances and the match ended one-nil in favour of the Argentines.

Haruna Lukeman and Sani Kaita, from the Nigerian side, were yellow-carded while Jonas Gutierrez from the Argentine side also received a card. Argentina's Vincent Enyeama was man of the match.

Game on

Following this victory, Argentina, with three points, moved to second place in the Group B table behind group leaders South Korea who had earlier beaten Greece by two goals to nil.

Nigeria is third in the table with no goals and minus 1 point, while Greece is fourth in the table with no goals and minus 2 points.

School repoters on a plane
Timothy and Eniola were excited to fly from Nigeria to South Africa

Nigeria's next match will be against Greece on Thursday 17 June at 1500 GMT while Argentina will play North Korea on the same day at 1330 GMT.


The pupils involved in this interview are from schools taking part in the British Council's Connecting Classrooms project and will be working in partnership with School Report to provide on the spot reports during the World Cup. Read more about the partnership.

Here, they explain to their teacher, Ike Chukwu from the Government Science and Technical College in Abuja, what the opportunity means to them.



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