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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...

Laomedon
posted: 09:47 pm
Oh mio Dio! Ethiopian women are beautiful!
TMG 2009
posted: 09:58 pm
There goes ZAMBIA's dream of defending their title...please GORILLAS we dont want u near our team, keep on supporting your CHIPOLOPOLO!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:00 pm
Well some days are like that... but I think Mikel must lift up his game more and he shlould be man enough to step into the shoes of Okocha... I must commend him for being disciplined and level-headed.
NaijaBros
posted: 10:07 pm
Mikel cannot fill the shoes of Okocha. They are two different types of players.

Burkina Faso may potentially top the group. If that happens, it is the end of the road for Nigeria. There is no way we can beat Ivory Coast in the quarter-finals. Just for that reason I am supporting Zambia to beat Burkina Faso. Let Nigeria finish first and Zambia finish second.
T'zozo
posted: 10:13 pm
@ Icethug

I agree with 100% the Zambians are out. But who told you they came by plane ? I know for a fact that these okes came by bus. The Trans Africa bus service.
Anonymous
posted: 10:16 pm
There is a conspiracy and war on Nigeria by issa hayatou and his caf. We must do something about this. Nigeria has the resources human/material. Nobody can single handedly bring down our country for any reason be it bakassi or whatever. We hae to do something together as a nation to fight back. We should not allow issa hayatou and his caf to destroy our pride, ego and happiness as a country. Since his entered caf, it has been war against Nigeria. What did Nigeria do to issa hayatou and his caf?
Cornerstone
posted: 10:19 pm
Where are my posts.
Anonymous
posted: 10:20 pm
If Onazi committed an offence in the penalty box, why didn't the referee issue him with a card? That infringement if there was any occurred outside the penalty area and the bribed referee knows. Besides the zambian player was holding Onazi inside Nigeria's penalty area, and Onazi in defence should hae been protected by the referee. THE MATCH WAS FIXED...
Kudu_Kudu
posted: 10:56 pm
Mikel has never scored for Chelsea. Why give him such a huge responsibility?
Anonymous
posted: 11:13 pm
Bfaso 4 – Ethiopia 0, the cheating zambians and conspirators of Isa/Caf have thier work cut out for them.Zambia is now going home!!!!…Ethiopia have nothing to fight for again since they cant score 4-0 against Nigeria , Nigeria will thrash Ethiopia silly come next match and i dont see Zambia beating a resurgent Bfaso!!!..the least is a draw!…welcome home my cheating cheatpolopolo!!!!......as for Isa hayatou the criminal and match fixing head of Caf, Nigeria will not pay the $8.4m your son company is requesting from Nigeria to view Afcon.We are viewing it with the help of Dstv, you think you can bill Nigeria $8.4 while billing SA just $2m and the rest of Africa less!!!....you think nigeria is a place you will bring your corrouption attitude.All Nigerians are happy with the decision of BON not to meet your wicked criminal minded demand.Nigeria will surely qualify , if you like bribe the whole caf referees against us!!
ramabina
posted: 12:36 am
Mbombela Pitch is very embarassing to us as South Africans. It was one of the best pitches during the 2010 World Cup. The question is what happened to it. Someone didn't do his or her job,
Paddy Moore
posted: 12:37 am
I am surprised that Mikel Obi will always step up to take penalties whenever Nigerian gets one. How many times has he ever taken a penalty at his club? This should never be happening. Eyeama is even a better spot kick than Mikel. I do hope that Stephen addresses this spot kick business because Nigeria cannot afford to be throwing away a win offered to them on a platter of gold.
talk
posted: 03:55 am
Who gave Mikel the penalty to play? Keshi, you are fired
furtune
posted: 05:43 am
ola2014 you are a full, now he is not good for penar but he hard been doing it in eagles b4 i want you to no this that all the best players is a victim of this miss ok full
MjeyB wa le Khosi
posted: 06:49 am
These Zambian frogs are overrated, and soon their pathetic AFCON run will be over.
kenkaba
posted: 08:45 am
Some people are only now realizing that ethiopian women are beautiful. This is a well known fact worldwide for those who travel. If you sit in your shacks and admire only those bleached things that appear on isidingo thinking theyre beautiful, thats your loss. Go to rwanda and burundi too, u will see women that will makebu forget about your khanyi mbau. True beauty
Good luck
posted: 11:36 am
My peoples can't you notice something when camera shows Issa Hayatou after Nigeria leading with 1 goal against Zambia puts his hand on the sholder of the ex-footballer of Zambia Basuwaya which shows Issa Hayatou seem telling him to cool down the game will surely end to a draw and after the camera showing Issa Hayatou with his action, then the refferee just awarded that fake penalty just to makes sure the game ended in a draw, therefore NFF shouldn't just fold hands, they should take action and do something to stop all this mess on Nigeria everytime, why must Issa hayatou and his CAF members will always against Nigeria? Against Burkina faso it was samething ref done to us. Afterall we contributed much for the CAF. I hope if it is Europeans I am very sure that they must surely find out the reason why Issa hayatou will puts hand on the sholder of that ex-footballer of Zambia.
Commonsense
posted: 11:40 am
Naija people. Una and una hope. Na wa. No wonder the world calls us the happiest people on earth. We really no get stress. Anyhow e be we dey kankpe.

But for una wey believe sey we go hammer Ethiopia, make una suffry suffry dey believe o. I don talk my own. Even if the miracle happen we manage beat Ethiopia, e no fit pass by one goal. Keshi teams dey programed to no score pass lone goals.

For me, I pray make we sha draw with Ethiopia so that we go come home. Am I being unpatriotic? Certainly No but on the reverse very patriotic.

Our football needs a drastic overhaul like yesterday. Our team is really below average or just there. I don't care for all the insults from some of these ill-bred Southern African nations. Its expected. Thank God that as bad as the SE are, they are still good enough to take care of them without any qualms. So, lets come home and sack this coaching crew and begin to tell ourselves the home truth.

When we are through, Brazil 2014 will be a reality and a competition where we will excell.

At UZO, whoever you are I think you are my man. I like people who say it the way it is. Whether we give it to Sia1 or Ahmodu, one think sure though without a careful auditing of our football even Mourinho or is it Pep? They too will fail.
almokoena
posted: 04:15 pm
It's painful reading that mikel took the penalty as it was painful seeing him stepping up to take to take the penalty in the first place! I literally closed my eyes cause I knew what was going to happen. The guy has never score a single goal since becoming a Chelsea player, I mean what do you expect from him really! Mikel himself knows that as an athlete/soccer player You need lots of practices before you could go in a staduim full of fans/critics and clearly mikel didn't do his homework!!!
stanslinks
posted: 08:46 pm
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