14 January 2013

Nigeria/Zambia: Zambia Coach - Eagles Don't Impress Me

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Emmanuel Emenike of Nigeria, no. 9, celebrates his opening goal in Friday's encounter with reigning champions Zambia. Five minutes before the end of the match, Nigeria conceded a penalty, and Zambian goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene equalised for the champions.

Zambia coach Herve Renard has slammed Africa Cup of Nations group rivals Nigeria, saying the current Super Eagles do not impress him.

Zambia, who are the defending champions of the African soccer championship will take on Nigeria on January 25 in Nelspruit and Renard has been quick to say he has not been impressed with the Eagles under Stephen Keshi after he watched them labour to a 0-0 draw against Cape Verde on Wednesday.

"I think you saw Nigeria the other day against Cape Verde. Do you think it was the best this time?" Renard said.

"I don't think so."

The two sides are set for an early Africa Cup of Nations showdown in their penultimate Group C match on January 25 at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

And Renard reiterated that he was also itching for payback time against the Eagles after the latter ejected them in the 2010 quarterfinals.

"So on January 25 against Nigeria, it will be a different game, it will be a tough game," the Frenchman said.

"But I can assure you we want to finish top of our group like in 2010 and 2012. It's not easy, but we want go as far as possible because this team has fantastic team spirit."

Meanwhile, Zambia is due to arrive in Nelspruit late on Sunday after they played their final warm-up game against Norway at the weekend.

Chipolopolo drew 0-0 with Norway.

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