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Zambia dismiss Nigeria spying claim



Reigning African champions, Zambia have poured cold water on claims by Nigeria that they spied on them during Wednesday's tune-up game against Catalonia.

Nigeria's Super Eagles are in Group C with Zambia, Burkina Faso and Ethiopia for the Africa Cup of Nations, which starts from January 19 in South Africa.

One of Nigeria's assistant coaches, Valere Houandinou this week claimed that Burkina Faso and Zambia sent officials to monitor the Nigerian team against Catalonia.

“Some of the coaches and journalists, who came to spy on the team had to approach me, saying 'where are the big names that we are taking to the Nations Cup' and I told them that they are seeing them right there on the pitch,” said Houandinou referring to Bukina Faso and Zambia.

But President of the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ), Kalusha Bwalya, has told supersport.com in a strong defence that no official from his country travelled to Spain to spy on Nigeria's Super Eagles.

Bwalya described the claim by Nigeria as "a joke" and added that they only watched the game between the Super Eagles and Catalonia on television.

"Sorry, Zambia did not send anyone to watch Nigeria versus Catalonia. We are busy preparing ourselves (for the Afcon). We watched (the game) on TV. We respect all our opponents, but please let's be truthful. Guys should always tell the truth. It's a joke," Bwalya said to supersport.com.

Zambia's Chipolopolo and their Nigerian counterparts, the Super Eagles will square in the group stage of the Afcon on January 25.

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