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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: 08:55 pm
@stanslinks, What exactly are you talking about ? Penalty kick is 50-50 thing and the Zambia keeper has good record on penalties, Asamoah Gyan is one of his casualties.I never defended Mikel in any of my post, in fact i blamed him. And what makes you think Nigeria would have won if Mikel scored ? Didn't Nigeria score first against Burkina Faso ? .You don't really have a point. Keshi made another tactical error, Nosa Igiabor should never have being substituted. Mikel has already scored two Afcon goals , none of them were from the penalty spot. Get your facts right guy ! The referee is the one you should be blaming . Oops ! may be your 'lionel Messi-sone-aluko' would have scored 1,000 goals in one match.
posted: 08:55 pm

Why are you calling me an idiot?
If you dont agree with my "FACTS" all you have to do is make your own counter argument and not resolve to name calling.
I feel sorry for you with that kind of behavior. We are all adults, act like it. Make your points and not attack your fellow brothers.
You dont know who I am but in today's cyber age, any coward can hide behind their computer and act tough and call ppl names. SAD.

I still believe (from my observation that SIASIA is a better coach.
SIA brought the best out of MUSA, UCHE, MIKEL, etc got MOSES to switch, was reaching out to ALOT of our youth players in europe, and was moving us to a better future, KESHI doesnt seem to be making any progress you can hand your hat on... If anything, we are stagnant if not regressing.

king pondo..., aka glamour boy
posted: 08:56 pm
the reall nyawupe boyz played to a 1 all draw again lol you idiots shoud try steriods i think they woud do better than your nyawupe lol this is football not your stupid movies.nxaa stupid gorilas
Gcwabe(The Bank Robber)
posted: 08:57 pm
Yewena Roger Dli sa, u said Mbesuma is going 2 score many goals! Where as they have 1 game left?
posted: 08:57 pm
@ Zambia man

You are one of those Kwerekweres who come to our country with nothing but shi*t stinking tattered rags and green teeth. Once you know what a robot and a cheap deodorant looks like you start spewing kak. bloody kwerekwere.
posted: 08:57 pm
@Azeebi is like u no get sence..l know amody is from ur village in Edo that why u telling Nigeria to go an apologise to amode for what..bring out record of the two coach..u are saying rubish
posted: 08:59 pm
WHAT!!! !!!
posted: 09:00 pm
posted: 09:01 pm
This is just annoying already, if they keep losing like this, i don't think they are going to the next round. rubbish!!!!
posted: 09:03 pm


posted: 09:08 pm
Let's call a spade a spade, regardless of whether we (Nigeria) had held on to win or not, the fact is the football on display is below the standard to inspire anyone. This applies to both games that have been played thus far. There is no cohesion and the boys have no clue how to string passes from the back to buildup an attack. The quality of the pitch doesn't help but both teams have to play on it. It' been disappointing! There was a brief period at the start of the second half where it looked like things might click but after the goal it was back to the usual kick and hope football.
posted: 09:09 pm
I am baffled by the type of comments i read here just because a team that is still being nurtured played two draws in a group qualifier, ........fellow.Nigerians Rome was not built in a day.
posted: 09:11 pm
Siasia '08 Olympic Team can beat any of these recent SuperEagles Team. shame on Keshi. Shame on the NFF. Same #### different toilet for this eagles team.
posted: 09:14 pm
I have no confidrnce in the nigerian coach, the inexpirienced eagles, the atrocious football pitch and the woeful officiating. I think Nigeria might as well pack their baggages and come back home before the last game because they are having a torrid time at this tournament.
Finally, I think Nigeria needs an astute technical adviser even if Keshi must stay on as coach.
posted: 09:24 pm
I must say this Pitroipa chap is a beautiful footballer.
posted: 09:35 pm
Burkina Faso is playing good foot ball,they are physically fit and their goal is to win.They have made my day.
posted: 09:39 pm
with the currrent scores burkinas will top this group cos they will beat zambia. wow is the end of the road cos even if we qualify for the next round ivory coast is waiting to feed on the eagles oh God
posted: 09:39 pm
Lol....Zambia is out.
posted: 09:42 pm
Burkina Faso,Very young,physically fit and run faster and never get tired,Their passes are accurate.If Nigeria dare stand before them next they will give Nigeria 4-0
posted: 09:46 pm
My dear Zambians, i think its time you guys tell yourselves the truth, you are out!!!!!! The best result you will get against Burkina faso is a draw. That will not be enough. please start packing your bags and book the first flight on wednesday morning.
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