Zambia’s World Cup hopes suffer setback as they lose to Nigeria

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fb_img_1476024590197Zambia’s bid for a spot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia started off on a sour note following a 2-1 defeat to Nigeria in an opening Group B fixture played at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola Sunday afternoon.

Following a shaky start, the Chipolopolo fell behind in the 32nd minute through an Alex Iwobi volley. The Nigerians doubled their lead ten minutes later via a well-taken goal by Kelechi Iheanacho.

The home side’s improved second half performance saw Collins Mbesuma pull one back in the 70th minute but Nigeria held on to record their first ever win on the Chipolopolo’s home turf.

Both sides threatened in the opening stages, with the visitor’s goalkeeper Carl Ikeme tipping Fwayo Tembo’s cross-shot onto the crossbar while at the other end, Onazi shot just wide when clean through on goal.

However, Nigeria broke the deadlock on 32 minutes when Adrian Chama failed to deal with a long throw-in from Onyinye Ndidi. His poor headed clearance fell at the feet of Arsenal youngster Iwobi, who volleyed into the bottom corner despite the best efforts of Kennedy Mweene.

Rainford Kalaba should have levelled the scores soon after, following a fine cross from the right from Tembo, but shot stopper Ikeme pulled off a superb save to keep out the Zambia forward’s powerful header.

Wedson Nyirenda’s men were made to rule that missed opportunity when three minutes before half-time, Iheanacho doubled Nigeria’s lead. Brown Ideye played the ball to the young Manchester City striker on the edge of the area and he displayed great pace and composure to slice through the Chipolopolo defence before rounding Mweene and slotting into an empty net.

Minutes after halftime, Nyirenda hauled off the hapless Chama and brought on Kondwani Mtonga. The Green Buffaloes defender had had an afternoon to forget as a series of defensive howlers nearly resulted in an embarrassing scoreline in favour of the visitors, if his more accomplished partner Stoppira Sunzu hadn’t repeatedly stepped in to clean up after him.

But soon after, John Obi Mikel nearly made it three with a spectacular volley from the edge of the area, that Mweene did well to tip over his crossbar.

At the other end, Kalaba was a constant menace and he came close to reducing the deficit when he glided past Ndidi on the left hand side and unleashed a shot that the impressive Ikeme blocked from point blank range.

Zambia finally got the goal that their endeavour deserved with 19 minutes left on the clock when Mbesuma took advantage of some terrible defending from Kenneth Omeruo. The defender made a mess of a long ball into the box and the veteran number 9 used his strength to hold off the despairing Omeruo before firing a low shot past Ikeme on the turn.

Wave after wave of Chipolopolo attacks followed as they chased an equaliser but the Super Eagles held on to get their campaign off a winning start.



16 Responses to Zambia’s World Cup hopes suffer setback as they lose to Nigeria

  1. They lost because Lungu was in attendance.
    He took his bad luck

    October 9, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    • Ka chagwa could not steal goals for Zambia…just knows how to steal votes!!!

      pwanya niniES
      October 9, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    • They cant win with one ngonga votes thief kachasu addict in attendance.

      Next time, Kamanga should stop him from attending and we shall win.

      Ngonga Prezidendoo
      October 10, 2016 at 6:06 am

  2. Why didn’t they rig the goals in favor of pf team

    macky jayson
    October 9, 2016 at 7:10 pm

  3. Let’s just withdraw. With that performance and looking at the group in which we are, we are going to lose all the games and if we are lucky we might draw a game.

    Nyambe kangabwe
    October 9, 2016 at 7:14 pm

  4. Please Zambians dont bring politics everywhere.Zambian football has been on the decline for some time now.Everything you want to blame Lungu.This is kamanga and his executive’s problem to sort out.

    George Mundia
    October 9, 2016 at 7:39 pm

  5. This is just the beginning, worse things are still coming. God is not happy at all. Easterners have destroyed this country. They think they own this country. Look at the retirements going on in the civil service. Not even one easterner is being retired. Something somewhere is not well. Lungu is busy punishing other tribes leaving Easterners unmoved. This is the type of leadership we had in unip. dictatorship rule.

    October 9, 2016 at 9:19 pm

  6. Good observation @mwale. Two good senior officers met their fate at office of the president special division. The two gentlemen will be replaced by two big boot leakers. The officers are crying now because they know it’s now hell for them. The retired generals were humble and kind. There now comes two sadists to join their mentor. You can’t have a service run by one tribe takwaaba.

    October 9, 2016 at 9:34 pm

  7. Yes it’s true, the civil service is run by one tribe and province. Eastern province. The tembos,phiris,bandas and many more. This is not their country. Zambia is for all. If you doubt me go to any op offices and ask their names. Others just draw salaries they don’t work. I would have given you the names now but i thot of holding them for now.

    October 9, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    • just mobilise the soldiers to rise against this luntuku guy and not them taking over but just them demanding a recount of the votes and a re-run as they take over temporaly. Chagwa lost, and he knows!

      October 10, 2016 at 6:12 am

  8. had luck guys

    October 10, 2016 at 4:13 am

  9. MWEENE KALABA! Frankly speaking their time is out! I have observed; Mweene always leaves his goal posts before opponents hit it in. This is always predictable. Why does Mweene rant so much, is it to defray blame from himself? If I were coach, Mweene would not feature in my team again. Captain Kalaba! He needs to use his eyes better and judge distances correctly and make the best shots. A world cup game is not a training session. By the way; why is this so called National Team not representative of all the provinces of this country. Please give other lads from Western, Southern and North-Western a chance? Select them too.

    October 10, 2016 at 5:31 am

    • Tribalism aside Mweene is past his prime. He has not played a single game at Sundowns for one year and you still put him in goal? Wedson Nyirenda has no balls to drop him? He made us lose in Guinea and youre still keeping him. José Mourinho Pep Guard I ola arsene Wenger don’t do this.. Our coach is in his nappies. Kanga is in his babycot

      Soka Soccer
      October 10, 2016 at 6:33 am

      • Kamanga is in his babycot. Correction

        Soka Soccer
        October 10, 2016 at 6:36 am

  10. All I can say is good!

    October 10, 2016 at 5:47 am

  11. The best for Zambia is to come to reality Western Northwestern and southern province are not in the National Team.
    What I know is that one shadow qualification to be a player of the Zambia national team is to speak Bemba Language followed by Nyanja.
    What a tribalistic Nation called Christian Nation.

    Chinua Mwaala
    October 10, 2016 at 11:35 am

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