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African Cup of Nations • Group Stage
RefReferee Gehad GrishaMbombela Stadium • Saturday, January 26, 2013 • 02:00

Match Zambia - Nigeria, live coverage

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Commentaries by Reda Maher
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90+4

That's the final whistle! Zambia keeper Kennedy Mweene scores a controversial penalty as they hold Nigeria to a 1-1 draw.

90+3 

Great lofted ball by Sakuwaha but Mbesuma can't get there and Enyeama claims.

90+2 

Echiejele with a foul on Musonda. Zambia will pump it long...

90+2 

Mweene with a good take as a long ball aimed for Emenike causes problems.

90+1 

Mweene has the look in his eye. He wants another penalty. Kalaba gets in down the left but overruns it.

90' 

Four minutes added time being played.

89' 

Zambia have a free-kick now but Enyeama claims well.

88'

NIGERIA SUB: Confusion as Musa comes off in the end as Emenike stays on.

87'

Emeneke has been booked either for dissent or time wasting, which would make no sense. Must be dissent. He comes off for Uche anyway.

86' 

Outrageous penalty under pressure from the keeper Mweene, strolling up and rifling it top right. Casual.

85'

What a strange penalty decision from the referee - it looks outside the box, and both were holding each other's shirts. The GOALKEEPER IS TAKING IT! Mweene likes a penalty - and he buries it into the top right!

84'

PENALTY ZAMBIA! Osazi with a foul on Mayuka, according to the ref but it was a. outside the box and b. didn't look a foul at all!

83' 

Mbesuma with a good pass this time to send Mayuka through but his low cross-shot is cleared by Oboabona.

82'

TERRIBLE FINISH FROM MBESUMA! Surely Kabala was offside but the flag stays down - and he finds Mbesuma unmarked 12 yards out and he lazily sidefoots it at the keeper! Deary me!

81' 

I say that and then Zambia have men over on the break - but a poor cross from Kalaba fails to clear the first man.

80' 

Zambia look to have run out of ideas - they'll need something special now, and to get men forward.

79'

NIGERIA SUB: Moses is replaced by Brown.

78' 

Mulenga with a shot from range but straight at Enyeama.

77'

NIGERIA SUB: Nosa comes off for Obiora.

76' 

Onazi with a long-range effort that takes a touch off a defender and flies over for a corner.

75' 

Good defending Echiejele to nod the ball into Enyeama's arms. Not a great delivery though.

74' 

Zambia have a free-kick on the left which everyone gets up for...

73'

Sakuwaha comes on for Zambia. Chansa makes way.

72' 

Down the other end Musa cold be in here but Kalaba challenges and it's a throw.

71'

BRILLIANT SAVE ENYEAMA! Super break by Zambia that sees Kalaba put himself through with a superb flick, but the keeper makes himself big to block. Probably would have scored with a lower finish to the right.

70' 

Mbesuma with an ambitious effort from a long way out which lands well wide.

69'

Musa is harshly booked for flying into a defender, Sunzu, when the ball bounced very high. Odd. Perhaps he said something.

68' 

Nigeria are trying to play possession football but the pitch is not letting them.

67' 

Musa with a long throw into Zambia's box but Musonda clears.

66'

ZAMBIA SUB II: Mbesuma comes on for Katongo.

65'

ZAMBIA SUB: Mulenga on for Lungu.

64' 

Nkausu clears Mike's original free-kick, then the second ball from Moses.

63'

First Zambia booking of the day goes to Sinkala for a late one on Emenike.

62' 

Enyeama does well to recover after a poor back header from Echiejele.

61' 

Zambia have not been able to cope with Nigeria this second half. But they do have a throw on the right wing, only to waste it.

60' 

Emenike is causing all kinds of problems as he hits an effort that is deflected wide for a corner.

59' 

Cool header back to Enyeama by Onazi. Nigeria are playing well now.

58' 

That is Emenike's third Nigeria goal, in 11 matches. He hit 18 in 37 last year for Spartak.

57'

GOAL NIGERIA! Given away by Lungu, who seemed to slip, and Mikel feeds Emenike, who turns and fires a low drive past the keeper and in! Great finish, bottom left.

56'

Mweene comes rushing out as Emenike turns three defenders with a super chest down, they all come together but Emenike's flicked finish drops inches wide!

55' 

The game is opening up now as Moses gets in down the left but his cross is beyond Musa.

54' 

Kalaba with a good run down the left and a fine pass wide right to Mayuka, who goes for the shot, that hits Onazi.

53'

Sunzu is down after a collision with Emenike.

52' 

Emenike goes down in the box but he committed the foul, says the Egyptian ref, and it's a Zambia free-kick.

51' 

Much better from Nigeria early in the second half - they are taking the game to Zambia!

50' 

Mikel threads it in for Emenike, but Musonda blocks and takes a whack on the back in the process.

49' 

Had this been a proper pitch - which is inexcusable given this is South Africa and not one of the poorer nations - that woulod have been a goal. The final bounce took it off Emenike's toes. Musa got his shot all wrong though.

48'

Cleared by Nigeria and they counter attack with Musa racing clear down the right - and a low cross-shot across the face of goal but it bounces away from Emenike and wide! Could have been a tap-in!

47' 

Free-kick to Zambia on the right wing...

46'

The second half is underway!

45+1

Half-time and it's goalless - but Nigeria have missed a penalty!

45+1

Kalaba with a fine piece of skill to race away down the left, his cross just misses Mayuka but Chansa is free on the right only to ping a low ball straight at Enyeama. Poor finish to a promising counter.

45' 

Moses cuts inside from the left but his shot is blocked by Sunzu. One minute added time.

44' 

It has all gone a bit scrappy, although you can hardly blame these teams - who have tried to play football, but are hampered by a surface that looks like one of those sandy half-grass pitches you get in run-down urban areas.

43' 

Another long ball - which is a wider pattern developing because of the poor pitch - almost sends Emenike through.

42' 

The flag is up on Katongo as he gets on to a long ball.

41' 

Heavy tackle by Chansa on Musa after the Nigeria man dithers on the ball. An overly harsh shoulder charge.

39' 

Lungu gets in on the right and Ogude flies in with a slide tackle, taking the ball but leaving the player in a heap - and rightly winning the goal kick as it came off Lungu's knee.

38' 

Katongo elects to shoot when he had Mayuka in the box, sending the shot well wide. Nice touch to set it up.

37' 

Long ball lands for Nosa, who brings it down to shoot but he handled. Nice flick-on by Emenike.

36' 

Mikel is put under pressure by Chansa. Zambia pressing high up the pitch.

35'

A free-kick for Zambia on the right, won by the buzzing Chansa. Swung in by Kalaba AND SUNZU FLIES IN WITH A HEADER BUT WIDE!!

34'

Mikel to take the corner. It's cleared and Zambia break - but Katongo is offside after being put one-on-one by Chansa, lucky for him as he missed the sitter!

33' 

Nosa wins a corner with a low drive that is blocked behind by Nkausu.

32' 

Echiejele dithers and almost loses out to Lungu, but the Zambia man had an arm wrapped around him and concedes a free-kick.

31' 

Mayuka gives willing chase to another ball down he left but Oboabona clears to touch for a throw.

29' 

Enyeama then claims the corner, and the follow up ball after a team-mate gives it away.

28'

ENYEAMA WITH THE SAVE! Lugu went for goal with the free-kick, an audacious effort from the left side of the box, and the keeper has to get down low to tip behind. Corner.

27' 

Lungu on a great run and he wins a free-kick for Zambia on the left.

26'

Mikel to take the penalty... AND HE MISSES IT! Not known for his goals, and he puts a terrible weak low kick off the outside of the post. The keeper got a touch, corner.

25'

Nkausu brings down Musa and it's a penalty! Musa's turn on the right side of the box left the defender for dead, and he left his boot in to trip him clearly.

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Mbola with a poor cross that lands on the roof of the Nigeria net. He's playing left-back, with Nkausu shifting to central defence.

23' 

Down the other end Mweene meets a long ball aimed for Emenike. Good claim.

22' 

Kalaba with a good ball in for Katongo but the striker checks his run and Enyeama can claim.

21' 

A long ball aimed for Musa bounces into the keeper Mweene's arms.

20' 

Still with Nigeria as Emenike's attempted shot is blockd, the ball almost squeezing in for Echiejele on the overlap but Zambia are able to clear.

19' 

Mikel with a through-ball for Emenike, who rolls his marker but is shunted down the left wing.

18' 

Pretty open game so far - and higher in quality than others at this tournament!

17' 

Great run by Moses down the left, he picks out Mikel who lofts a cross for Emenike, but it's just over his head and Zambia clear.

15'

Great pass from Chansa to release Kalaba on the left side of the box, and he hits it on the half volley but sends the effort wide!

14' 

Mayuka loses the ball in the Nigeria box, then fouls a defender. Free-kick to the Super Eagles.

13' 

Free-kick to Zambia on the left, swung wide right to Musonda and his ball should be Enyeama's only for the keeper to let it drop - cleared by the centre-back Oboabona.

12' 

Musa pops up on the right but he wastes his cross, sending it high and over the bar.

11' 

Don't believe wikipedia's claims - Sunzu is NOT yet a Reading player. He has contract issues with TP Mazembe, his team in DR Congo.

10' 

Emenike chases a ball over the top but Reading target Sunzu shepherds it out with great patience and strength.

9' 

Chansa wastes a good position to cross from the right, sending it over the bar on to the roof of the net.

8' 

Mayuka again on the run, but he's closed down by Omeruo. Already looks more lively than Mbesuma.

7' 

Free-kick to Zambia on the left but Nigeria clear a poor delivery. Emenike on the run now but he is offside.

6' 

Musa finds Nosa, who is forced wide by Chansa and now Zmabia break. Mayuka runs at the Nigeria defence and he's sandwiched by Onazi and Omeruo. Free-kick.

5' 

Zambia are boosted by that half chance and here comes Chansa, spreading the play to Lungu but his shot is easy for Enyeama.

4' 

Deep cross from Musonda on the Zambia right and Mayuka is unmarked but he's a way out and it's a bit high for him, so he heads high and wide.

3' 

Nigeria bossing the opening exchanges as best they can on this rotten surface.

2' 

Musa with a direct run down the left but he mis-hits his cross out for a throw. Fine pass from Mikel to release him.

1'

The first half is underway at Mbombela Stadium, with its awful pitch that marred the opening matches.

14:55

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14:50

What do you make of those changes then, both sides making two switches from their opening draws, with two young Premier League strikers getting their chance (Moses and Mayuka)? Let me know on Twitter @Reda_Eurosport.

14:45 

Nigeria were also held 1-1 by less feted opposition in their first match, Burkina Faso in this case, who scored a late equaliser. Ambrose is suspended after he was sent off in that match, with Omeruo starting in defence in his place. Moses also gets a start, the Chelsea man coming in for Brown.

14:40 

Zambia, the defending champions, make two changes from the 1-1 draw with Ethiopia. Mbola comes in at centre-back for Himoonde, while Mbesuma - who scored in that match but was otherwise disappointing - makes way for Southampton striker Mayuka.

14:35

TEAMS - Zambia: 16-Kennedy Mweene; 6-Davies Nkausu, 18-Emmanuel Mbola, 13-Stopilla Sunzu, 4-Joseph Musonda; 3-Chisamba Lungu, 8-Isaac Chansa, 19-Nathan Sinkala, 17-Rainford Kalaba, 11-Chris Katongo; 20-Emmanuel Mayuka /// Nigeria: 1-Vincent Enyeama; 3-Elderson Echiejile, 22-Kenneth Omeruo, 14-Godfrey Oboabona, 17-Ogenyi Onanzi; 13-Fegor Ogude, 10-John Obi Mikel, 20-Nosa Igiebor, 11-Victor Moses; 9-Emmanuel Emenike, 7-Ahmed Musa

14:30 

Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the African Cup of Nations Group C clash between defending champions Zambia and twice winners Nigeria, kick off at 3pm UK time.

Last Results

 
 
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Draw(s)
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ZAM1 x 1ETH
ZAM0 x 0NOR
ZAM0 x 0MAR
ZAM0 x 2ANG
ZAM0 x 1TAN
 
NGA1 x 1BFA
CPV0 x 0NGA
VEN1 x 3NGA
NGA6 x 1LBR
LBR2 x 2NGA
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Penalties Scored
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Penalties Missed
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0
Corners
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0
Free Kicks
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0
Fouls
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0
Offsides
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0
Yellow Cards
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0
Red Cards
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Saves by Goalkeeper
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blocked shots
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Group APtsPWDLGFGA+/-
1South AfricaSouth Africa53120422
2Cape Verde IslandsCape Verde Islands53120321
3MoroccoMorocco33030330
4AngolaAngola1301214-3
 
Group BPtsPWDLGFGA+/-
1GhanaGhana73210624
2MaliMali43111220
3Congo DRCongo DR33030330
4NigerNiger1301204-4
 
Group CPtsPWDLGFGA+/-
1Burkina FasoBurkina Faso53120514
2NigeriaNigeria53120422
3ZambiaZambia33030220
4EthiopiaEthiopia1301217-6
 
Group DPtsPWDLGFGA+/-
1Ivory CoastIvory Coast73210734
2TogoTogo43111431
3TunisiaTunisia4311124-2
4AlgeriaAlgeria1301225-3