Zambia Captain Mweene: We Made Super Eagles Sweat To Beat Us

Zambia Captain Mweene: We Made Super Eagles Sweat To Beat Us

By Nurudeen Obalola in Uyo:

Zambia captain Kennedy Mweene is proud of his team despite Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Nigeria in a World Cup qualifier here in Uyo.

The young Chipolopolo side pushed the Super Eagles before finally succumbing to a late goal by substitute Alex Iwobi.

The win sealed Nigeria’s passage to their third straight World Cup and left Zambia falling short.

“We have lots of young players in our team and we are rebuilding,” Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Mweene said during his post-match reaction at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.

“Games like this one give young players great experience and we’re happy with our performance. “We’re happy with the game, it was not easy for us but it was not easy for Nigeria too.

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Zambia in action vs Nigeria

“Nigeria had to sweat to beat us and I think this is our best game in the qualifiers.”

Mweene was however disappointed his brave young side could not hold the Super Eagles.

“I’m proud of everyone in our team,” he added. “I’m not disappointed with the performance although I’m disappointed with the result.”

The Super Eagles qualified for the World Cup with a game to spare, garnering an impressive 13 points from five matches.

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COMMENTS

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  • Fasasi Kunle 8 months ago

    Sweat ooooo no sweat oooo Cameroon would also beat you guy. You don’t respect big brother in Africa. Where is nyirenda? Has nyirenda surrender. You can play like this in world cup to play against big big team, this kind of defensive play.

  • that Zambian team can be good but I think the coach should lacked tactics and the is definitely the coaches fault. The fact that they didn’t have tactics was the reason it took Nigeria long to break them down, if not the win would have been bigger than that. in conclusion despite all their rough and meaningless style of play (GRAGRA) the still lost.

  • that Zambian team can be good but I think the coach should be sacked they lacked tactics and that is definitely the coaches fault. The fact that they didn’t have tactics was the reason it took Nigeria long to break them down, if not the win would have been bigger than that. in conclusion despite all their rough and meaningless style of play (GRAGRA) the still lost.

  • Yeah, Nweene, you’ve got a young team, so is Nigeria. Except for senior Mikel, V. Moses and Onazi and Echiejile, Nigeria is also a young team that’s why they beat you home and away. I’m happy it’s you that was beaten three times by Nigeria home and away because I’ve not forgotten your brags against some attackers especially in the 2010 Nations’ cup. Football is not just about athleticism, it’s about skills and technical management on the pitch. Zambia usually forget this against Nigeria. Yes in some years back that fetched you very good results against Nigeria, but go back in recent years to see that Nigeria usually allows you to play while they do the scoring-this you’ve not quite realized,it’s called tactical approach, not your gragra way of play that you misunderstand for technicality. When you meet a good side like Nigeria, such strategy will collapse before your eyes and that’s what has been happening to you recently against Nigeria.

  • OLODO Nigeria made you guys sweat to loose… by the way which normal human being will play 90min of football and not sweat…

  • they don win una shut up and go and sleep

  • I am also proud of the team despite that I am a Nigerian. They played clean and entertaining football. They are no push over. Let them concentrate on qualifying for the Nations Cup, qualify and see what they can do. I am sure many teams will hate having them in the same group. They are just unfortunate to be in our group. Any other groups would have favored them. Take heart and move on.

  • PapaFem 8 months ago

    You didn’t promise to make us seeat; you promised to beat us. “…it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.” Romans 9:16. That’s what worked for us.

  • Innocent 8 months ago

    Don’t mind all these “small pikin” players from Zambees of a country. When I said before the match that they play like primary school boys, only running 100 metres race on the field without any tactics, and so can never beat the eagles, they thought I was kidding. Their “big mouthed” Nyirenda
    (Mr. Talkative coach”, continued to dream and keep on deceiving his small boys to believe that they can beat Nigeria. Now it has happened. They have been taught the bitter lesson. My advice to them now is that they should stop lamenting, as we shall meet them again at AFCON where they will collect 3-0 from Nigeria, then they will understand that they are not in the same grade with the Super Eagles. May God have mercy on them.