Emmanuel Emenike man of the match Nigeria-Cote d'Ivoire - Nigeria's Emmanuel Emenike is man of the match against Cote d'Ivoire. Emmanuel Emenike, scorer of the opening goal for Nigeria in the 2-1 win against Cote d'Ivoire here Sunday, has been named Man of the quarter-final Match at the ongoing 2013 AFCON in South Africa.
Emenike's goal in the 41st minute gave the Super Eagles a 1-0 lead until half time but Cheik Tiote drew level for the Ivorians four minutes into the second half (49th).
However, Sunday Mba broke the deadlock in the 76th minute and Nigeria held on to the 2-1 lead till the end.
Analysts said as Cote d'Ivoire heads home, this could be the last of Didier Drogba at the AFCON although Brazil still beckons for the iconic striker.
The victory affords Nigeria to finally get one over the Elephants after an agonising two successive defeats by the Ivorians.
On Nations Cup head to head, Nigeria now leads with three victories against two wins by Cote d'Ivoire and two draws.
Nigeria's semi-final action will be on Wednesday will be against Mali who defeated hosts South Africa 4-2 on penalties after tying 1-1 at the end of regulation and extra time.