Nigeria’s Iwobi comes back to haunt Chipolopolo

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Alex Iwobi

Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi came off the bench to fire hosts Nigeria to a record sixth World Cup appearance in a frenetic encounter with Zambia played at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Saturday.

The Chipolopolo, who had dominated the majority of the match, will feel hard done by after Augustine Mulenga’s 23rd minute strike was wrongly chocked off for offside.

Details to follow……


13 Responses to Nigeria’s Iwobi comes back to haunt Chipolopolo

  1. We did not lose this game!! It is a draw!!
    The Muswana ref had jealousy over zambians who had been performing better than his country, in southern regions! He deliberately denied us a goal.

    shema israel
    October 7, 2017 at 6:49 pm

  2. The Tswana ref seems to have been bought . Ruled out our goal . Refused to issue a red card for a bad tackle..
    Wedson was suspect , useless ngonga played 90 minutes at the expense of pacy and prolific patson Daka .
    Bagulisa game bamambala. Chanibaba !

    October 7, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    • Mike while I agree with you that Ng’onga should have been replaced let’s not forget that young Patson picked an injury during training

      October 7, 2017 at 8:33 pm

  3. officiating again comes under scrutiny. Zambia did not lose to Nigeria but lost to Joshua Bondo de Motswana referee

    October 7, 2017 at 8:26 pm

  4. Mike while I agree with you that Ng’onga should have been replaced let’s not forget that young Patson picked an injury during training

    October 7, 2017 at 8:34 pm

  5. The tsawana ref should be investigated and should not be allowed to officiate any match

    October 8, 2017 at 2:20 am

  6. Chanibaba but that ref he is not alone there is someone behind.

    October 8, 2017 at 10:40 am

  7. Most of you commentators here are sore losers. Ask your coach and captain, they’ll tell you better. Yes you played well but deserved no goal because you lacked technicality against a more technically advanced Nigeria.Athleticism is not the same as technicality in the field of play. The referee already blew the whistle well ahead even before your player’s attempt at goal but your player pretended not to have heard the whistle, meanwhile the opposing team players had to keep running after him just in case, but it’s ironical that this’s what Zambian commentators keep claiming to be a goal. Zambia played well and Nigeria played well, but in the two leagues home and away, Nigeria was technically ahead and knew when to inflict pain.Listen to your coach. He said they did well against Nigeria but the half chance Nigeria got they converted and punished Zambia. Captain Nweene said he was glad they made Nigeria sweat before succumbing. But here you’re attacking referee. Watch that match again, you’ll know your comments are based on sentiments.

    October 8, 2017 at 11:22 am

    • Zat I appreciate your analysis of the game, whether the whistle went before the goal was scored or not is immaterial but the bone of contention here is that there was no offside what so ever. Zat I challenge you to watch that clip again and again or if for some reason you can’t, then listen to the Nigeria commentators and try to read between the lines then you will understanding the frustration from most of the bloggers. One zero to zambia would have changed chipolopolo’s game plan and would have pressed a panic button in the Nigerian camp due to pressure from the fans and that would have worked to zambia’s advantage.

      I agree with you 100% that technically Nigerians were far much better than our boys so was their coach comparing to wada wada there is no comparison at all but that was expected. We need to congratulate Nigeria though I don’t see them going far in the tournament especially if they go to Russia and play the way they played last evening, and we should also salute our young lads I think they fought a good fight, with a more qualified coach the result would have been different.

      October 8, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    • If the whistle had gone before the player scored, then the player would have been cautioned for playing on. But that was not the case.

      October 9, 2017 at 6:32 am

  8. OMGI! saddens that most of my people do not get it. Nigeria were destined to qualify at the expense of Zambia. Put in Awobi,and get a goal. lacking is the technical ability. cheers

    October 9, 2017 at 2:57 am

  9. I wonder why Zambians are saying we will not go far at the world cup. It is nit for you to judge. The reality is that the best Team in the group qualified; period! We do not need your opinion at all. Let me also tell you that Zambia representing Africa at the world cup would lead to the era of ZAire and there would be 7-0 or 9-0 loss at the world cup. Your players were busy running about and lacked good finishing touches. In addition, we defeated you at home, had won 3 nations cup as opposed to Zambia winning just one, we had won olympic gold, silver and bronze in football, won fifa world cup (under 17) 4 times , got to under 20 world cup final twice, won Afcon under 20-23 several times etc. I do not know how Zambians suddenly came up with their position that they have a better team. In football, the outcome could be a win, a loss or a draw. On Saturday, Nigeria won. One salient fact about the on-going caf qualifiers is the tension it generates in players: the Nigerian Team was focusing on one thing and that was victory even if they didnt play well. Why would Zambia come to Nigeria with highly inexperienced players and expected to win. Where was Mbesuma? Where was Kakaba? Your coach left them behind because he couldnt manage big-time stars and chose to come to confront Nigeria with mostly inexperienced players. In addition, the Coach was rather lousy and derogatory in the way he referred to the super eagles before the match.Now that we have qualified, we will start preparation in earnest and give Africa good representation. Long live Africa! Long Live Nigeria! Long live Zambia!

    October 9, 2017 at 8:25 am

    • You’s never interesting watching a football match with a Zambian fan…the Nigeria vs Zambia game…okay let me just that we all new that Nigeria will win this group a long time ago…infact just when the draws were made..yes we expected Cameroon to put up a show an Algeria to put up a fight.Zambia were never ready because they were and are still in the process of putting up a team.You cant compare Zambia’s level of concentration in matches with Nigeria.Zambia play with no system and no technique…they entirely depend on strength.That (strength) alone can not win you a lot of games.It was the same with the Under 20…all they depended on was running…they forgot about things like strategy,formations,system and resistance.Our midfielders lack the ability to create scoring chance hence they don’t know how to beat and dodge offside traps.Our defence depend entirely on Kennedy Mweene who happensto be the best player at the moment.The team that lost to Nigeria in Ndola was more powerfull than the one that played in Uyo…the main thing that was lacking was a creative midfielder…one that really knows how to put real passes to the strikers.And should learn to play a passing game…not just running around kicking the ball anyhow.The disallowed goal can not be an issue..such things always happen in football…most footballers only know that there is offside in football but they don’t how one can be offside(major problem)..

      Tata uyo
      October 13, 2017 at 12:44 pm

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