ADDIS ABABA - Emmanuel Emenike converted a 90th-minute penalty for a second-half brace to lead Nigeria to a 2-1 win in Ethiopia in their World Cup playoff on Sunday, putting the African champions in strong contention for soccer's main event in Brazil next year.
In Sunday's other playoff game, Samuel Eto'o reversed his brief international retirement and captained Cameroon in a 0-0 draw in Tunisia in their first leg.
Nigeria, this year's African Cup winner, needed a late comeback in Addis Ababa after a determined Ethiopia dominated for the first hour.
Nigeria's Godfrey Oboabona had to clear off the line in the 23rd to deny Saladin Said an early goal for the Ethiopians and Behailu Assefa then put the hosts ahead in the 57th when goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama fumbled his shot into the net.
But Fenerbahce forward Emenike equalised 10 minutes later and struck from the spot at the end to give Nigeria a lead to take to their home leg in Calabar on November 16.
Ethiopia are trying to qualify for the first time but missed a string of early chances as Nigeria closed in on a fifth World Cup.