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Football | Super Eagles

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Keshi mulls over draw



Head coach of the Nigerian national team, Stephen Keshi is still contemplating what might have been after his wards threw away a one-goal lead to draw 1-1 in their second successive game at the ongoing 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa against Zambia on Friday.

Emmanuel Emenike’s excellent second half strike against the reigning champions, Zambia was cancelled out five minutes from time by Kennedy Mweene who dispatched a highly controversial penalty with consummate ease as the two giants shared the spoils at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

Nigerian midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi appeared to make minimal contact with Zambia’s Emmanuel Mayuka but Egyptian referee, Gehad Grisha pointed to the penalty spot with Mweene accepting the challenge and sending goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama the wrong way.

Keshi was less than convinced with the decision and has now given his thoughts on the incident.

"I'm not sure the Zambian penalty was a penalty. In a big game like this, you have to be clear on such a decision," he said.

Onazi has also criticised the referee’s decision that led to Zambia claiming a potentially precious point against the two-time African champions.

“I was shocked when the referee gave the penalty because I did not touch (Mayuka). However what is done is done and we must now prepare for the game against Ethiopia,” the SS Lazio midfielder enthused.

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