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Match report: Nigeria draw with Zambia as Mikel misses penalty, Mweene scores one

Posted: 25 January 2013 Time: 19:36

Zambia came back to draw with Nigeria in their Africa Cup of Nations Group C match on Friday afternoon.

It was a game of two penalties, as John Obi Mikel missed a spot-kick in the first half, while Kennedy Mweene's brought Zambia back into the game in the second.

Emmanuel Emenike opened the scoring from open play in the 56th minute.

The pitch at Mbombela Stadium was dry and bobbly, which certainly did not help either team's cause.

On 16 minutes Davis Nkausu sent a great cross-field ball through to Isaac Chansa, who was cutting in from the left. The former Orlando Pirates man took a touch and shot from a tight angle, but the ball went wide.

In a great piece of play for Zambia, Rainford Kalaba latched onto a sublime through-ball before smashing a shot towards goal, but could only manage to hit the support structure of the net.

Nigeria were gifted a penalty on 26 minutes, when Nkausu clumsily knocked Ahmed Musa's feet out from under him. Mikel, who has just three international goals in almost 60 games, stepped up to take the spot-kick, and mishit the ball, which pinged off the upright, with Kennedy Mweene looking to have it covered.

Christopher Katongo had a couple of chances next, and almost connected with a free-kick, but was not able to get any power onto his header.

A couple of minutes later the Chipolopolo skipper slammed a low shot towards goal, but scuffed the ground in the process, removing all teeth from the shot.

Musa started the second half with a squandered chance, as he sliced a shot across goal after running through at top speed. Emenike, who was waiting in front of goal, must be as confused as anybody as to whether it was a cross or a shot.

Emenike came close again a few minutes later, bundling his way through three Zambian defenders and turning in the box before popping a shot over the advancing keeper, which looped and looked to be dropping into goal, ending up just wide.

The Super Eagles finally opened the scoring shortly after, with Mikel winning the ball powerfully in the middle of the park, before whizzing a pass through to Emenike, who took two touches before driving a low show into the bottom left corner.

Then, six minutes from time, Zambia were awarded a controversial penalty when Emmanuel Mayuka when down on the edge of the area, after a half-hearted tussle with Ogenyi Onazi. It was not clear how much contact there was, and it was not clear whether both players were in the area, but the referee did not hesitate in awarding the penalty.

Mweene stepped up to take the kick, and calmly scooped the ball into the top right corner with probably the most elegant and proficient penalty you will ever see.

Zambia's tails were up in the last few minutes of the match, but they could not change the scoreline and the two teams will share the points.

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Previous comments on this story...

The Phefeni Boy
posted: 08:10 pm
I dont care about Zambiain this tournament.....I am not a Zambian.

#23 South African Soldiers At War......lets go boys
posted: 08:16 pm
ZambiaMan at this point will reserve my comment as i wuldnt really wanna remind you.
Gcwabe(The Bank Robber)
posted: 08:18 pm
I hate both!
posted: 08:21 pm
Bafana Bafana I am behind you 100% do us proud win on sunday...:-)
posted: 08:23 pm
@The phefeni Boy

For a second I thought Bafana Bafana were weak,
But now I only realized that Bafana are better than Zambia and Nigeria
And ghana I wish we could face one of the above teams that I mentioned so that we can prove that they are average just like niger and algeria
posted: 08:28 pm
lol..i always expect those idiot to start making rubbish comment bout KESHI again cos Nigeria draws another game, what if they lost the game ?..and there is another moron here giving us SIMPLE FACT on KESHI,SIASIA and QPR..lol..u know what u re a perfect example of an idiot...just go get busy..idiot
posted: 08:28 pm
even if we qualify for the next round we will be meeting ivory coast or tunisia any way is still the end of the road for us so is better we leave this turnament now and save out heart from this heart attack football the eagles are playing
posted: 08:28 pm
I wish zambia can eliminated. As a south africa I am very scared of it, especially that animal called Mbesuma he beat khuna like nobody.
posted: 08:29 pm
@JT-RiseKhosiRise, what are you trolling about? If it was not for amabhunu there, you guys would not be having all that nice infrustructure, so do not even go there.
posted: 08:29 pm
even if we qualify for the next round we will be meeting ivory coast or tunisia any way is still the end of the road for us so is better we leave this turnament now and save out heart from this heart attack football the eagles are playing
posted: 08:31 pm
That was a pk. period, whin all you want.
posted: 08:32 pm
Siasia with all failures, controversial moments, corrupt tendencies. Those who don't know Siasia call his name much... If Nigerians do not go back and beg Ahmodu, nemesis will never leave us... Siasia was used to hunt Ahmodu who raised Nigerian ranking in eighteen months from 34th to 15th beaten France with their stars at the process... Qualifying to every tounament he had led us unbeaten...
The devils that are worse than NFF are still calling that drunk Siasia back... Ask his Home team and JUTH or Hearthland they will tell you more about Siasia...
Please can you do yourselves some favour by stoping this mess call Siasia before you will get us angry into asking about his connection with Mr Peter Obiorah, Mr Vincent and Eko Club? Please give honour to whom is due, and that person is the most cheated and unjustly treated Ahmodu...
We must learn to go into records books not judging success by eyesights. Such is topo primitive.
Those who wants Siasia should him their home clubs...
But... But... Keshi is not in anyway too far from Siasia in terms of corruption.
If we want a free corrupt Super Eagles, then bring inn Sunday Oliseh, Taribo West and replace those corrupt clowns in the glass house...with the likes of Tony Kojo Williams...don not mention ex-players like Segun Odegbami...to some extend give the likes of Ahmodu that Technical Committee and leave out failures like James Peters and compensated Garba Lawal...
Meanwhile, this is just an exhibition of what I know but I know that Nigeria will continue to go down through pre-excuse, as Keshi is just given us...
We know that CAF, LOC and others are against us but, we should always look at our own side of failures and forget CAF and whosoever...
posted: 08:33 pm
Shame on nigeria, they cudn't even beat an average zambian team...
Navigator Wonder
posted: 08:35 pm
That awkward moment when u realise Kennedy Mwene has scored more than Parker and Mphela combined @ this Afcon eish....bloody cows but oh well we have to support them as I am a South African in Bafana I believe!!!
posted: 08:37 pm
This Afcon will witness the worst officiating in the history,can somebody tell me that BF first goal is not pure offside.
posted: 08:37 pm
let the calculations start bukinas are winning if it stands this way then what are our chances
posted: 08:38 pm
@ZambiaMan, Forget about patriotism, was that a penalty ?
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 08:41 pm
Are they the defending champions or the defended champions? What do they expect from players like Collins 'Msholozi' Mbesuma...
king pondo..., aka glamour boy
posted: 08:50 pm
cheneke lmaO you bluty gorilas what happend todayoooooooooooo? It looks like all you know is to sell drugs our kids and bad mouth mzansi forgeting that this is where you get your money to feed your ugly and hungry children nxaa shut upooooooooooo and dieoooooooo
posted: 08:52 pm
I don't like the Nigerians and I always support any team that play against them except in the WC. But truth be truth today the Nigerians were robbed. While those mediocre Zambians might have benefitted soccer is the loser. Zambia are crap and I don't see them going past the group stages.
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