26 January 2013

Zambia/Nigeria: Nigeria Cry Foul After Zambia One - All Draw

Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama says the Super Eagles were cheated out of three points by referee Grisha Ghead's award of a dodgy penalty against African champions Zambia.

The Super Eagles were leading through a clean-as-a-whistle strike by Emmanuel Emenike in the 1-1 Africa Cup of Nations draw against Zambia - his second goal in as many games - when the Egyptian official pointed to the spot, to the anger of the Nigeria contingent.

"That was 500 per cent never a penalty," Enyeama claims. "I could see it from where I was and you can look at it a thousand times. I'm not even sure they were in the box when the incident happened."

It mattered little as his opposite number Kennedy Mweene expertly tucked the ball in from six yards.

Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo had called for fair officiating before the game and Enyeama, who took the armband in the defender's absence, spared no punches.

"We were cheated. I think CAF needs to do something about the officials. In the first game we had bad calls against us and now that ghost penalty."

But the goalkeeper refused to blame John Obi Mikel for missing Nigeria's own penalty.

"Mikel is a big player He can handle it. It is just like missing from close range. It can happen to anybody. He is a strong character and he will bounce back even stronger from this."

Zambia face Group leaders Burkina Faso on Tuesday. The Chipolopolo, like Nigeria who play Ethiopia, are yet to win a match at the competition.

Burkina Faso lead Group C with 4 points while Nigeria and Zambia are on two points with Ethiopia at the tail end on one point.

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