Nigeria’s Super Eagles failed to soar , as defending champion, Zambia held them to 1-1.
Nigeria’s Mikel Obi wasted a penalty in the 26th minute, before Emmanuel Emenike scored for Nigeria in the 57th minute and when it looked as if the Eagles were coasting to victory Zambia’s goal keeper converted a spot kick in the 85th minute.
Nigeria and their fans might claim that the penalty should never have been awarded as there was little contact between Nigeria’s Ogenyi Onanzi and Zambia’s Emmanuel Mayuka, but the referee thought otherwise.
Meanwhile in a later fixture, 10 men Burkina Faso defeated Ethiopia 4-0 in the other Group C match.
Both Nigeria and Zambia need to win their next games to have any chance of qualifying for the next stage.
While Burkina Faso only needs a draw, wallop Zambia or pray that Nigeria fails to win to qualify.
Ethiopia still have a chance of advancing to the next stage, if they can beat Nigeria and also pray that Burkina Faso defeat Zambia.
Zambia coach Herve Renard:
“I’m happy with the result because of the circumstances.
“Never forget we had Nigeria ahead of us. We are still alive and we are still in a good [position] to qualify.”
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi:
“I have no choice but to be happy, but my goal was to get three points.
“Zambia were never going to be easy to play against.”by