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Played
January 25, 2013 10:00 AM EST
Mbombela Stadium — Nelspruit
Referee:‬ Ghead Grisha‎
Attendance:‬ 25000‎
 
85′ (PG) Kennedy Mweene
Emenike 57′

Zambia 1-1 Nigeria: GK Mweene the hero as Chipolopolo draw with the Super Eagles

A clash between two African heavyweights ended in a stalemate as the Zambian keeper's penalty cancelled out Emenike's strike after an early spot kick miss from John Obi Mikel.

By Ed Dove

Emenike, Nigeria
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After only managing draws in their first Group C matches, Africa Cup of Nations heavyweights Nigeria and Zambia settled for one point apiece again, playing to a 1-1 draw in Nelspruit on Friday.

Nigeria overcame the early setback of a missed John Obi Mikel penalty with Emmanuel Emenike’s goal on 57 minutes, but, Zambia responded with a penalty of their own, with goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene netting off a stunning spot kick to secure the draw.

At the 25-minute mark, it looked as though Nigeria had found the initial breakthrough. Davies Nkausu, under pressure from Ahmed Musa, brought the CSKA Moscow man down, with the ref not hesitating to point to the spot. Mikel stepped up, with the Chelsea midfielder looking to recreate his crucial converted penalty against Liberia in the qualifiers. It was not to be, though, as his spot kick was tame and scuffed, and thudded harmlessly off the post.

The game progressed in a cagey, uninspiring fashion, with Emenike – Nigeria’s goalscorer in their first match – was unable to contend with the many balls played over the top of the Chipolopolo defense.

A little more than 10 minutes into the second half, the young striker finally made his mark with a fine finish pushing the Super Eagles ahead. Mikel made amends for his earlier miss and played Emenike in through the middle, and the striker made no mistake to score.

Zambia sought far and wide for the inspiration that would see them claim some points, it eventually came from an unlikely source. The referee gave a penalty for the Chipolopolo after minimum contact on Emmanuel Mayuka by Ogenyi Onazi. Goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene stepped up, and looking as calm as can be, he dispatched a beautiful spot kick past Vincent Enyeama.

The result leaves the holder Zambia and Nigeria tied on two points prior to Ethiopa and Burkina Faso, who are tied with one point apiece, playing their second group match. Zambia will play Burkina Faso in the final group game Tuesday, and Nigeria will face Ethiopa.



Zambia

16
Kennedy Mweene
Goalkeeper
85′
 - 
-
Joseph Musonda
Defender
 - 
6
Davies Nkausu
Defender
 - 
13
Stophira Sunzu
Defender
 - 
4
Emmanuel Mbola
Defender
72′
 - 
8
Isaac Chansa
Midfielder
73′
 - 
18
Rainford Kalaba
Midfielder
 - 
19
Nathan Sinkala
Midfielder
64′
 - 
11
 - 
24
 - 
3
Chisamba Lungu
Midfielder
66′
 - 

Nigeria

 - 
1
 - 
21
 - 
2
 - 
-
 - 
12
John Obi Mikel
Midfielder
26′ 57′
 - 
12
Victor Moses
Midfielder
79′
 - 
13
Fegor Ogude
Midfielder
 - 
23
Ogenyi Onazi
Midfielder
 - 
20
N. Igiebor
Midfielder
76′
 - 
23
 - 
29
Emenike
Striker
57′ 87′

Substitutes

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Joshua Titima
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Danny Munyao
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
-
 - 
-
Felix Katongo
Midfielder
 - 
21
 - 
-
William Njovu
Midfielder
 - 
9
 - 
-
Mukuka Mulenga
Midfielder
66′
 - 
8
 - 
31
 - 
11
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
16
Austin Ejide
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Chigozie Agbim
Goalkeeper
 - 
26
Joseph Yobo
Defender
 - 
15
E. Ambrose
Defender
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
-
Reuben Gabriel
Midfielder
 - 
-
E. Uzoenyi
Striker
 - 
-
Sunday Mba
Midfielder
 - 
11
B. Ideye
Striker
79′
 - 
15
Uche
Striker
89′

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
Group A Matchday 2
Times In EST
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Didier Drogba Didier Drogba
Striker
Galatasaray
6 3
Mbokani Mbokani
Striker
Dynamo Kiev
5 2
Alain Traoré Alain Traoré
Midfielder
Lorient
5 0
Wakaso Wakaso
Midfielder
Rubin
4 3
Victor Moses Victor Moses
Midfielder
Liverpool
4 2