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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...

posted: 07:41 pm
He missed a penalty and created a goal opportunity. Case closed.
posted: 07:43 pm
what are these people going to say now...
posted: 07:44 pm
Am beginning to believe the match fixing FIFA was accusing Africa football of.. How can that be a penalty??? This tournament is giving Africa Football bad image..
posted: 07:45 pm
These super Eagles players will perform great under a very good, tactically and technically sound Coach.
Keshi should go back his spare parts business.
posted: 07:46 pm
Hard luck to chipolobucs
posted: 07:46 pm

Good teams lose but bad teams never win... Siasia won games by good score lines, and had few losses not draws like Keshi...
Keshi cant win games (look at QPR, they dont win games but dont loose alot either, just draw, thats whay Keshi does)
Keshi has more draws than wins, while Siasia had more wins than losses and draws combined with no heart attack football but beautiful build up play...
Siasia would have won the last two games. Keshi is a confused man.

ALL defenders in the Chelsea team and ALL Midfielders have a better scoring record than Mikel, Why let him take the penalty? That is coaching... Why not let someone who knows where the back of the net is take it (Moses, Emenike, anyone)

Now goalkeepers in AFCON have better goal scoring record than Mikel....

Is it possible to bring SIASIA back to start building a team for world cup. Because even if this team wins against Ethiopia, they cant go far and cant compete in World cup. So change is needed.

posted: 07:47 pm
Overated naijas, super eagles my foot... this team is as average as Bafana Bafana mos, there is no team here.. hahahahahahahaha. Thanks to Keshi who really exposed how weak and average "Super" Eagle are...
posted: 07:48 pm
nigerian sguad is one of the worst i have ever seen, miss the likes of Amunike, Amokachi, kanu, babangida,yekini and West
posted: 07:50 pm
Also, Keshi should kiss EMENIKE's feet because he is the only that is saving Keshi's job.
Emenike and Enyeama are keeping us in this competition.
@ good goals by Emenike and they were not easy goals either. Imagine if Siasia build up play was in this team, EMENIKE will flourish with good service. He is a handfull to defenders. Just needs service and he could score more.
posted: 07:51 pm
Khosi Rebuild 2012/2013
posted: 07:55 pm
Atleast it ws a fair game to both teams
posted: 07:57 pm
The Nigerian supper chickens have survived yet again, Chipolopolo will now beat Burkina Farso and go to the second around and beat everyone including Ivory coast. This is how sturbon Zambia is, from now on, they will beat anyone that comes their way. Wait and see.
posted: 07:58 pm
Good game to both teams though.
posted: 07:59 pm
Wow what can I say another draw. It is now a pattern under Keshi. Maybe Nigerian needs to coaches Siasia and Keshi. Keshi does all the politiking while Siasia does the coaching so as to spare us from all these goalless draws and draws period. I was reading articles about foreign players in European league Nigerian has 117 players in various teams in the league which ranks them amongst the top countries in the world sending their players to the european clubs. You would think out of all these players Nigeria will come up with an outstanding team. Leave it to Nigerians to screw it up start with the boufoons at NFF.
Finally, how can a coach select a players who has scored less goals in 5yrs than anybody playing his position to kick a penalty? The sign of an incompetent coach
posted: 08:01 pm
the fact is show nff the way out nothing good can come from the north if u guys know what i mean
posted: 08:02 pm
@UZO,True that Emineke guys is leathal, very powerful striker indeed. I though Sunzu did a good job of frustrating him by wrapping his hands around him everytime, but that guy will be a big problem to skinny Ethiopians watch.
posted: 08:03 pm
Mikel should have scored that penalty but he made up by creating a goal. I can't blame anyone for this draw but the ref. Even if that was a foul, it was on the line and never inside the box by any imagination. Kenneth Omeruo is the man of the match for me. I hope Yobo saw what it actually means to be called a Super Eagles defender. Omeruo has a big future ahead of him.
posted: 08:07 pm
Ethiopia are the Barcelona of africa guys u need to watch them play.. guys let the truth be told eagles are just living in past glory,, call back siasia is never too late nff please,,,
mean y ethiopia are the best in this group weither they qualify for the next stage or not they are the best,, the rest teams are just follow up
posted: 08:08 pm
Nigeria is the most hated team for reasons based known to CAF. They have already instructed the referees to make sure they frustrate Nigeria in all the matches, one of the reasons being for not giving CAF and the organising Committee $8.4millions as broadcasting fee...
Even Howard Webb cannot give that controversial penalty in favour of Manchester united. CAF is too corrupt for my liking...
The second person that does not want Nigeria to advanced well enough is Keshi... I am saying this as an insider... I know that some players were selected through the influence of players managers and the NNF.
When its gets to crunch some of will have to come out and tell the truth.. While there is a first team and the exclusion of old players look justify, Keshi had Brough inn his own interest into this. For example what was the reason for replacing Nosa with Obiora? Nosa is more a complete pressure resists compare to biscuit bone player like Obi...
His substitutions were woeful in both matches. He should be blame if we continue this way, but I still will not call for his sack...
For Zambians, we remained unbeaten against them, only to pick a draw today by that controversial mean...
posted: 08:10 pm
South Africa is embarrasing us, is that a sand soccer pitch? Don't those people know that before a game you need to make the pitch wet? That was dry and sand pitch I have seen in my life. For one second I thought we were playing in Sahara desert. oh my gosh!
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