Four things we learnt from the Nigeria/Zambia match Akan Anwankwo Nigeria began their final phase of qualification for Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier with a 2 – 1 win over Zambia in Ndola. The Super Eagles got the better of the Chipolopolo in the first half with two goals which eventually proved crucial in winning the match.
Zambia nearly got back into the game with Mbesuma’s 71st minute strike, but the Nigerian team held on to get maximum points at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium. Here are the four things we learnt in the Nigeria/Zambia match 1. First away win Nigerians are happy with the result because the national team have never recorded an away win against Zambia in history and the victory came at the crucial time of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Super Eagles recorded their first away win against Zambia The eye-catching performance of the team has given the Super Eagles a psychological advantage going into their next round of home matches against Algeria and Cameroon respectively. 2. Formidable attack For the first time in a few years, the Nigerian team can boast of their attackers to deliver the goods at the needed time. Kelechi Iheanacho celebrates his goal against Zambi The combination of Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Brown Ideye and Moses Simon put the Zambian defenders on their toes as they also kept Kennedy Nweeney busy in goal.
Promising youngsters Kelechi Iheanacho and Alexi Iwobi are two of Nigeria’s most promising youngsters and they have proved it once again as they got the goals that won the match. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Kelechi Ihenacho and Alex Iwobi got the goals that won the match for the Super Eagles against Zambia Iwobi’s goal was exquisite after he opened his body to volley home his shot which was too hot to handle for Mweene and City forward showed a touch of class as he rounded the Zambian keeper to squeeze-in the second for Nigeria. 4.
A worthy replacement in goal Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme posted a man-of-the-match performance in the match as he made series of outstanding saves. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Carl Ikeme was brilliant in goal for Nigeria in the match against Zambia The Super Eagles were lucky to have won the match, but for brilliantsaves made by Ikeme especially from Rainford Kalaba’s header which was stopped by the 30-year-old.