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Alba Iulia
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Zambia creep up on Nigeria

Sports Zambia creep up on Nigeria

Zambia moved within ear- shot of Group B leaders Nigeria on Tuesday after a stunning 1-0 away win over Algeria in Constantine in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B qualifier.

The win was historic in every sense of the word that saw Zambia collet its first away victory in Algeria from three previous visits there in exactly 40 years.

Furthermore,the result saw Zambia extend its unbeaten run under Wedson Nyirenda as he marks his first year in charge this month to seven games with just one draw since losing 3-1 to Zimbabwe on July 9.

Patson Daka Scored the decisive goal in the 65th minute to end Algeria’s interest in the qualifiers.

However,the star of the show on the night was Zambia captain goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene who made critical decisive saves in the 90 minutes in a match they missed Brian Mwila who scored a brace in 3-1 first leg win but missed the away match due to injury.

Mweene initially saved Riyad Mahrez’s 16th minute penalty after Youceff Atal went down easily in the box.

The Zambia captain later kept out sure chances from Faouzi Ghoulam,Yacine Brahimi and Salhi Abdulkadir in the 56th,59th and 62nd minutes respectively.

That Algerian flurry came after Augustine Mulenga failed to punish Algeria the 52nd minute when he chose power over common sense from point-blank-range with only goalkeeper Salhi Kadir to beat after he fired his shot high and over.

Zambia then sealed the win through Daka who ploughed through Algeria’s defence after Mulenga threaded the ball into his path and the Under-20star made no mistake to plant the ball beyond Kadir.

Zambia rise to 7 points, three behind Nigeria whom they face on October 7 in a penultimate Group B match that will decide their destiny on the road to Russia.

Algeria and Cameroon are out of the race on 1 and 3 points respectively with two games left to play.

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  1. The Russian Embassy confirmed that there will be a Reed Dance during the World Cup. This time I’m going with the State House Crew. I missed Swazi br****ts. I won’t miss the White br****ts. Let’s go bane! Kikikiki

  2. Disciplined chipolopolo boys gave a hot fight and brought another deserved joy. Keep on staying focused and teamwork.

    • Really a good win indeed. I liked the way our wingers were running – that gave Algeria so much trouble. When they lost the ball, our boys were drawing back very fast. We had about three clear chances for goals. Well done boys.

    • Whilst on it – whilst we are celebrating, this is a non-story on Zambian Watchdog. If we had lost and out of contention, it would have been a story. How some people can hate their own country like this is just amazing.


  4. Absolutely magic from the boys! Well done to the team, it pays to bring in young men to invigorate the team! It was a wonderful idea to bring in the boys from the younger teams as they have greatly added to the speed and energy of the team.

    This is what can be achieved when we bring in the youth even in the running of companies, institutions etc young people are the key to our development and progress as a nation! Well done guys we are going to make it to the World Cup for sure!

    • Since did speed and energy be come a criterion for running a company and country. It is the
      wisdom, experience that is required.

  5. Well done boys and well done Mweene.You are still in form. It’s Nigeria on October 7,my foot! West Africans on their home turf!

    • Nigeria has lost to South Africa nd Uganda at home this year. Now that Chipolopolo is getting used to playing well away from home its “Bring it on Eagles!” We are the real Eagles of Africa

  6. Prayer, prayer, prayer from every one and all meaning Zambians…….Nigeria here we come…Bola na Lesa

  7. Ngonga… What a useless player. I wonder how that player was really picked for national duties. Am not being malicious but calling a spade a spade. Ngonga has not been performing well even in the local league. One on one with the Mbesuma…Mbesuma is by far a better player. I know we want to give younger players a chance but that should not be at the expense of quality… Congrats to Chipolopolo.. However not time to relax we still have alot of home to do.. Can Wada bury the differences he has with other player and give them a chance to prove themselves in the camp…

  8. Wedson Nyirenda has few days as coach for chipolopolo we wait for him to qualify us to first ever world cup ,the fire him be replaced by HR the winning master all in all ALGERIA outplayed us , NGONGA be out then bring in MWILA, FASHION THE MASTER KALABA, SINKALA and FWAYO TEMBO (mASTER DIBBLER)if u wanna conquer super eagles, the on number one Mweene is ok though TONGA but bring also THAT AKAKUNKUBITI (U20 gaolkeeper) incase MEWWNE IS INJURED or his old bones cant resist the pressure

  9. u guys must beat nigeria in uyo before qualifying, anything less than a victory is a total doom for the chipolopolo. And i dont see that happening, u were able to beat algeria in constantine because the knew they re already out of the race after the 3-1 lost in Zambia.

    • What is your problem? Just congratulate the lads. If the Algerians wanted Zambia to win why didnt they skip the game but instead fought tooth and nail but lost.

    • mwakale, our problem is that Nigeria is a more talented and organised team that Algeria. We failed to beat Nigeria in Zambia so the question is are we going to count on Mweenes theatrics forever?

  10. Well done to the Lads.Well done Wada.
    Alex Ngonga needs to pull up his socks or be dropped from the Team.Let’s continue with the same spirit.With God all things are possible.We pray that Nigeria goes down in Uyo in October.
    It is well

  11. Why do you always want to bring your so called politics into football, football must remain football otherwise well done boys we are behind you in your build up

  12. The reason I ve respect for Nyirenda is because he doesn’t just look at those from Malawi or from Congo, like some bloggers here only see it. Ngonga crests in because of power…and the only other reason people didn’t want him last month is because he disbanded the under 20 team which was imbalanced on 2 tribes…now that he is performing by fusing in all kinds of players …we give him credit and still find faulty because one player didn’t perform in a game. Last time Fashion got red eyes…and still people found it in themselves to forgive him… it’s hard to believe.

  13. Nigeria will always be Nigeria. I salute Zambia for making this group more interesting but they charged late. Football is our religion in Nigeria. We will teach Zambia a good lesson.
    Zambia should urgently start preparing for 2022. Good luck to chipolopolo.

  14. Phiri, Uganda never came here to beat Nigeria. Check your record properly. South Africa played against weak Eagles. The Team without Ighalo,Victor Moses, Mikel, Balogun etc.. And that’s the first ever win against Nigeria in the history of football. Let us see what would happen in the second leg. Trust Eagles, South Africa will be humiliated in presence of their fans. Zambia will suffer and humiliated.

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