African Cup of Nations: Zambia vs. Nigeria
The Chipolopolo of Zambia could reach the last four of the African Cup of Nations if they beat Nigeria in the quarter-finals tonight.
The Copper Bullets reached the knock-out stages of the tournament for the first time in 14 years with a convincing 2-1 victory over Gabon on Thursday.
However, they head into this game without their two key players, Rainford Kalaba and Kampamba Chintu. The two have accumulated two yellow cards each from their Group D fixtures.
Two years ago the Nigerians were eliminated by Ghana at the same stage but they are eager to make amends when they face this year’s surprise contenders. We think the Super Eagles shouldn’t underestimate their opponents although in terms of experience, they have the edge.
The boys from the western part of the continent need to beat Zambia to attain the semi-final bench mark set for Coach Shaibu Amodu by the Nigeria Football Federation.
The match at the Tundavala Stadium in Lubango kicks-off at 2:30 p.m. ET (20:30 CET) after the quarter-final contest between Egypt and Cameroon.
UPDATE: Nigeria won the first penalty shoot-out of the ANC against Zambia (5-4) and set up a semi-final clash with Ghana. Vincent Enyeama netted the winning free-kick after the game had ended in a goalless draw after extra time.