The African Nations' Soccer Cup, and on Sunday, (29 July) - round two, where Nigeria managed a 3-2 win over Zambia, thus reversing the round one result.
The African Nations' Soccer Cup, and on Sunday, (29 July) - round two, where Nigeria managed a 3-2 win over Zambia, thus reversing the round one result. However, on aggregate scores, Nigeria was eliminated from the competition Zambia's first round win was decisive -- five goals to one.
Nigeria's first goal came from a free kick, just outside the penalty a??? The ball bounced off goalkeeper Chomba, a melee ensued, and centre-forward Ezedike emerged to score. That was in the 15th minute of play.
The Zambians put on the pressure, but were unable to equalise in the first half.
Five minutes into the second half, the Nigerians were awarded another penalty kick and that saw a second goal for them on the board. Inside-right Olayombo easily beat Chomba, the Zambian goalkeeper.
Then Zambia was on the attack, and five minutes later Kaushi raced past the Nigerian defenders to head-in from a midfield pass. Striker Chamba followed up shortly afterwards with a classic ground shot. That was the equaliser.
The Zambians dominated play, and what appeared a certain goal was stopped by the Nigerian 'keeper. The Nigerian defence by then was generally nervous, and their confidence wasn't improved when skipper, Victor Oduah, left the field.
Just when the Zambians seemed to have the match sewn-up, outside-right Dombrays got the best of a goalmouth tussle, and Nigeria has its third, and decisive point.
There was one last moment of drama. Just before the final whistle, Zambia's Chamba let loose a terrific shot, which hit the upright, but seemed to bounce back into the field of play. There was confusion over whether it was a goal, but the referee ruled "No", leaving Nigeria in the lead 3-2 at the end of play.