Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Afcon

Zambia © Backpagepix

Win or bust for Nigeria and Zambia



It will be win or bust when the Super Eagles of Nigeria battle the Chipolopolo of Zambia as action resumes in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Group C on Friday afternoon at the Mbombela Stadium, kick-off at 5pm CAT (SA, GMT+2).

The match is expected to be a tough slug as both sides will be gunning for the three points at stake if they are to keep their hopes of advancing to next stage of the competition alive after both faltered in their group openers.

Group C is wide open after Ethiopia forced defending champions Zambia to a 1-1 draw on Monday and Nigeria were also held by the same scoreline by Burkina Faso.

Nigeria and Zambia have met 16 times at full international level with five victories apiece while there have been six drawn matches.

The first meeting of the two sides was on October 28, 1973, in a 1974 Nations Cup qualifier which Zambia easily won 5-1.

However, history favours Nigeria as far as the Nations Cup is concerned as they have beaten the Chipolopolo four times out of five meetings at this stage of the tournament.

Both sides have been talking tough ahead of the game as they know the importance of the match.

Eagles defender Godfrey Oboabona said they have learnt from their mistakes against Burkina Faso and that they are now gunning for victory against Zambia.

"We are all disappointed that we couldn't beat Burkina Faso in our opening match due to some errors, but that is behind us as we have learnt lessons and we are ready to beat Zambia. We only have to be decisive," Oboabona declared.

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel said the game is a do or die affair as Nigeria’s qualification to next round is tied to a victory over Zambia on Friday at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

"It is a do or die game. We are very much aware of the situation we have found ourselves. We have to win the game because a win could well assure us of moving to the next stage,” said Mikel.

“It’s a must-win game for us. We know it is going to be tough but we are ready for the battle and going for victory."

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Sports Talk



Chima Emmanuel Aguma
Mata can't replace Rooney
Manchester United started the first of three crucial Premier League games against West Brom (away),...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Rodgers must focus on the league
Many footballers arriving in the Barclays Premier League have been warned of second-season syndrome.

Sunday Oliseh
Dortmund's winning formula is killing it
I sat in Signal Iduna Park to watch Dortmund over-run Arsenal and wondered, how long will it take...

John Dykes
A Gooner or a gonner?
An International Break can do funny things to the mind. Mine, for instance was heavily engaged this...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Why can’t soccer be like rugby?
Sport is supposed to be sport; something we all do for the love of it, for recreational purposes,...

Neil Tovey
Backing Coetzee for Bafana
After three Afcon 2015 qualifiers, Bafana Bafana deserve credit for keeping as many clean sheets...