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Africa Cup of Nations

  • January 25, 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
  • Referee: Ghead Grisha
  • • Attendance: 25000
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Nigeria-Zambia Preview: Bruised egos of Eagles and Chipolopolo clash to soothe nerves

Nigeria-Zambia Preview: Bruised egos of Eagles and Chipolopolo clash to soothe nerves

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The coaches of Nigeria and Zambia know that they cannot afford to lose this encounter or it may be curtains at the 2013 Afcon

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NIGERIA
Nigeria Logo
Enyeama
Omeruo, Oboabona, Yobo, Elderson
Igiebor, Mikel, Ogude
Musa, Uche, Moses
ZAMBIA
 Burkina Faso
Mweene
Kasonde, Sunzu, Himoonde, Musonda
Lungu, Chansa, Kalaba, Katongo
Mbesuma, Mayuka


Two bruised egos in the form of Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the defending champions Zambia will clash on Friday at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, and the likelihood is that whoever loses the match may be on the way out of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

Nigeria had to share the spoils with the Burkina Faso as they surrendered their 1-0 lead very deep into added time in the second half, while the Zambians could not get one over a plucky 10-man Ethiopian team.

Stephen Keshi will be buoyed by the fact that his team almost always had the game against Burkina Faso under control until Ambrose Efe’s sending off while Herve Renard will have told his boys that they will have to up the ante to get a positive result against Nigeria.

The problem for Zambia is that they do not score many goals, and for Nigeria, chances created have to be taken.

Kenneth Omeruo will start at right back for the Eagles while Renaud may decide to use two strikers upfront with Collins Mbesuma and Emmanuel Mayuka the likely candidates.

The Super Eagles were the last team to beat the Chipolopolo in the Nations Cup, back in the 2010 edition, when Nigeria won on penalties in the quarter-finals. The Eagles also beat the Zambians in a friendly in 2011 as the Chipolopolo were preparing for the 2012 Nations Cup, which they eventually won.

So the die is cast and the team which can score two goals in this encounter will likely carry the day.

  DID YOU KNOW?

  • David Chabala is the highest caps winner for Zambia with 108 appearances.

  • Nigeria was the last team to beat Zambia in the Nations Cup – in 2010.
  • Ike Uche will be hoping to score his 19th international goal for the Super Eagles against Zambia.
  • Christopher Katongo has scored 19 goals in 79 appearances for Zambia.
  • Nigeria is ranked 57th while Zambia is ranked 34th in the world.
  • In Afcon tournaments, Nigeria and Zambia have scored four goals against each other.
  • Joseph Yobo (pictured) will win his 90th cap for the Super Eagles if he plays against Zambia

 

Players to watch

C. Mbesuma

Position: Attacker

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The physically imposing Mbesuma will be looking to throw his weight around in Nelspruit, aiming to shake things up and find the back of the net against Nigeria.

A. Musa

Position: Attacker

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The talented youngster has the capacity to create and take chances for the Super Eagles, and they will be looking to him for inspiration.

Editor's Prediction

The Super Eagles and Chipolopolo have both had problems finding the back of the net in recent times, and it is likely that they will thwart each other in defence. Perhaps a 1-1 draw is a believable result.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Zambia

Nigeria

Wins
0
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Zambia ZAM
Zambia Zambia
Draw
Nigeria NGA
Nigeria Nigeria
17%
77%

Top 3 Predictions

Zambia ZAM
1 - 2
Nigeria NGA
Zambia ZAM
0 - 2
Nigeria NGA
Zambia ZAM
1 - 3
Nigeria NGA

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