Game :- Zambia vs Nigeria
Competition :- African Cup of Nations 2010- quarterfinal
Venue :- Estádio Alto da Chela, Lubango
Date :- Monday, 25th January 2010
KO time :- 20.30 Angolan time.
This was widely expected to be a contest between Cameroon and Nigeria, but thanks to Zambia topping Group C, the Super Eagles will have to negotiate the Copper Bullets in order to reach the last four. Bet on Zambia vs Nigeria with our recommended bookmakers after reading this preview
Zambia were at the bottom of Group D going into the last round of fixtures, but the Chipolopolo rose to the top by beating Gabon 2-1. Rainford Kalaba and James Chamanga scored for Zambia in that game. Kalaba is however suspended for the clash against Nigeria. Defender Kampamba Chintu is also in the same situation.
This is the first time since 1996 that Zambia have progressed beyond the group stages of the tournament.
Zambia coach Herve Renard is likely to persist with the 4-1-3-2 formation that he has adopted in all three of his group games. He has used the same starting XI in all three games, using Chamanga and Mulenga upfront. Changes will have to be made in midfielde and defence because of the suspensions handed out to Kampamba and Kalaba.
Gabon 1-2 Zambia ( Kalaba, Chamanga)
Zambia 2-3 Cameroon (Mulenga,Katongo)
Tunisia 1-1 Zambia ( Jacob Mulenga)
Zambia 4-2 Korea ( Chris Katongo, Rainford Kalaba, James Chamanga, Noah Chivuta )
Zambia 4-1 North Korea ( James Chamanga*3, Felix Sunzu)
Nigeria were outclassed by Egypt in their first game, but the Super Eagles did enough to stave off the challenges of Mozambique and Benin and qualify for the last eight of the competition.
Shaibu Amodu choses to play with three upfront. The three will most probably be Chinedu Obasi, Yakubu and Peter Odemwingie. Zambia’s back four and their holding midfielder will have their job cut out.
Nigeria – recent form – most recently played games first
Nigeria 3-0 Mozambique ( Peter Odemwingie*2,Obafemi Martins)
Nigeria 1-0 Benin (Yakubu)
Nigeria 1-3 Egypt (Obasi)
Kenya 2-3 Nigeria ( Obafemi Martins*2, Yakubu)
Nigeria 1-0 Mozambique ( Victor Obinna)
This is the first AFCON meeting between Zambia and Nigeria since the 1994 African Cup of Nations final, when Nigeria won 2-1.
Zambia have already achieved what they set out while a loss here could see Amodu being shown the door by Nigeria. The Super Eagles are stronger on paper, but they often struggle to click as an outfit. However Zambia are prone to moments of loss in concentration and Nigeria’s big tournament experience should be enough to see them through.
Verdict:- Zambia 2-3 Nigeria ( Chamanga, Mulenga/Yakubu, Obasi, Yobo)