Afcon 2013: Ghana edge Mali 1-0

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Four-time cham-pions Ghana defeated Mali 1-0 Thursday to shoot to the top of Group B at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Black Stars have four points while Mali slipped to second place on three points.

Democratic Republic of Congo, who have collected one point, face pointless Niger later in the second game of a Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium double-header.

Ghana dominated this encounter with Mali lacking the firepower to trouble their opponents even after the introduction of fit-again West Ham striker Modibo Maiga.

Mubarak Wakaso put Ghana in front from the penalty spot in the 38th minute after the lively Emmanuel Agyeman Badu was brought down inside the box by experienced left-back Adama Tamboura.

Wakaso will miss his team’s final group game on Monday against Niger after he was booked for his celebration — his second caution of the competition.

This was the third time the west African countries clashed in the tournament within a year.

Ghana won a group game 2-0 in Gabon at the 2012 tournament before Mali gained revenge by winning 2-0 to clinch third place.

In a cautious first half, Ghana created more chances.

After eight minutes, Mali skipper Seydou Keita’s free kick from the top of the box, after goalkeeper Fatau Dauda handled outside his area, narrowly missed the target with the goalkeeper beaten.

Thereafter, it was Ghana all the way.

On 13 minutes, Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan saw his shot from inside the box blocked for a corner.

Badu’s header in the 32nd minute off a Wakaso free-kick came back off the foot of the post with Mali goalkeeper Mamadou Samassa beaten.

Mali began the second half brightly and veteran Keita just failed to connect with a clever chip by Mahamane Traore, who had a shot tipped over by Dauda.

A Wakaso free-kick was not far off target and a Gyan shot nearly caught the Mali goalkeeper napping.

Badu had a free-kick scrambled away for a corner and substitute Solomon Asante almost made an immediate impact when he latched on to a loose ball only to miss.

Four-time champions Ghana defeated Mali 1-0 Thursday to shoot to the top of Group B at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Black Stars have four points while Mali slipped to second place on three points.

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AFCON 2013: Ghana’s Gyan “we must win Mali to gain confidence”

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The most awaited game in today’s Group B second outing is the remake of the 2012 AFCON bronze final against Ghana and Mali who finished third in the Gabon/Equatorial Guinea campaign. Mali, following their win against Niger in day one would certainly have less pressure in this game which is rather crucial for Ghana after their draw against DR Congo.

“We have to win our second game against Mali in order to gain confidence because to qualify we must win all our matches.” Gyan, the Captain of the Ghana said.

For his part, Jonathan Mensa, key player in their first outing said today’s match will be better after drawing lessons from their first game.

“We shall correct our game and we shall play very well because our first game was good but not up to our expectations so we shall put in more efforts against Mali.”

The Malian Coach, Patrice Carteron, said he respects the greatness of Ghana and their status of favourites but also said Mali are motivated to create a good surprise.

“Ghana has good players: good forward, good midfielders and a good defense. They are indeed a great team; they are the Germans of Africa— they are disciplined. We know Ghanaians are the favourites but we are motivated to make a good surprise.”

Mali’s team captain Seydou Keita considers the match with more optimism and counts on the comeback of just healed players  to bring a boost to the team.

“Ghana is a great nation a very difficult team to play but I think with the aid of  just healed players like Momo and Samba Diakité, the team will be stronger and will be able to stand up to Ghana. Anyway we are in a good posture [after winning our first game] we just have to be composed.” Keita said.

Both teams had met twice in the last African Cup. Ghana won Mali in the Group stage but were surprised in the third place match.

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ACON 2013: Algeria Struggling for Afcon Fire Power

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Algeria, outside hopefuls for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations crown, are suffering a real crisis of confidence up front after the team failed to score in the fifth of their last seven Afcon matches on Tuesday.

Vahid Halilhadozic's side lacked the drive and quality to properly threaten Tunisia's goal in their opening fixture in Group D, squeezing just one shot on target during a drab North African derby in Rustenburg. Justifying their status as outsiders in the African Cup of Nations betting.

They were made to pay for their lacklustre attacking efforts as Youssef Msakni curled home a superb goal to earn Tunisia a late 1-0 victory, a result that leaves Algeria with some serious problems if they are to progress to the quarter-finals this winter.

Playing their familiar 4-5-1 formation, Algeria's midfield struggled to support lone striker Islam Slimani, who had a fruitless evening against two towering Tunisian centre-halves. Slimani never really found room to turn or even have space to breathe with the ball at his feet while none of the midfield showed any propensity to move forward and help out.

It was the same during Algeria's two build-up matches, where they lost to Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 before held to a dour goalless tie with South Africa. Halilhadozic must change his system to give Slimani greater support going forward, and hopefully come their second match against Togo on Saturday the boss will start El Arbi Hillel Soudani alongside his main striker.

Soudani, who plays his football for Portuguese side Vitória SC, scored two of Algeria's three goals against Libya in qualifying, one being the decisive last-minute strike in the first leg away from home.

The 25-year-old only got 16 minutes against Tunisia not enough to settle into the game but if he starts alongside Slimani on Saturday this side have the potential to capture second place in the 'group of death' and maybe even make the semis this winter.

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Burkina Faso-Ethiopia Preview: Walya Antelopes eye an upset against The Stallions

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Minnows Ethiopia and Burkina Faso lock horns in a must win encounter for both teams on Friday as far as qualification to the quarter-finals of 2013 Africa Cup of Nations is concerned.

Following a clean bill of health by the medical team, both coaches are expected to retain squads that did duty in the first game, save for a forced change by the Walya Antelopes with Sefnet Bishaw expected to call upon the services of reserve custodian Zerihun Tadele in the absence of suspended Jemal Tessaw, following his red card.

Bishaw will be hoping his charges pick up from where they left off against Zambia's Chipolopolo in the opening game.

The east Africans earned several plaudits for a display that secured them a credible draw against the defending champions, despite playing for more than an hour with ten men.

On the other hand, Burkina Faso's Stallions will feel prepared for this duel, and take comfort in the encouraging display in the 1-1 stalemate against Nigeria's Super Eagles in their first game.

Both coaches seem satisfied with the results earned thus far and have promised to prepare their players to build on from that form.

"Playing Zambia in the opening game was a very difficult task. Our players now need to gather confidence and get into their stride immediately because our next achievement is to prevail against Burkina Faso," said Ethiopia coach Bishaw at a press conference.

"Ethiopia will not be easy. They are very confident and I believe they have produced the surprise result of the tournament so far. With accurate finishing, they would have beaten Zambia. We will be ready for them," declared Paul Put to reporters.

Alain Traore, who struck at the death to deny Nigeria maximum points, will be the key man once again for the Stallions alongside midfielder Jonathan Pitroipa, who caused a great deal of trouble during the match.

Pitroipa will likely be supporting captain Moumouni Dagano and Traore, and the pair have more than enough natural ability to test Zerihun Tadele and the defenders charged with protecting Ethiopia’s goal.

Ethiopia’s hopes will once again be pegged on Adane Girma, who secured the vital draw against Zambia in the opening contest.

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AFCON 2013: First Round Games In The Dishwasher

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At first glance, it’s hard to pick out a single, unifying theme from the opening slate of group games from the 2013 African Cup of Nations.

After all, a stylistic diversity, both in terms of tactics and quality of play, is part of what makes the event so unique.

Nigeria v. Burkina Faso, for example, prized physicality over skill, while the preceding Zambia-Ethiopia match stood out with its patient, flowing pace. There have been pulsating moments – the second half of Ghana v. DR Congo – and stretches of mind-numbing staleness – the entirety of the South Africa-Cape Verde opener.

But after a stretch of eight matches that produced a surprising quality of draws, the defining quality of this tournament thus far has been the quality of the transcendent individual performances that have occasionally broken the deadlock.
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There were three draws in the entire group stage of the 2012 tournament. This edition has already had five, and the opening day set the tone.

Cape Verde lacked the quality to push for a result, while the hosts were a toxic combination of inept and tentative. With the disappointing setback of the 2010 World Cup still lingering over the team, Bafana Bafana seemed paralyzed by fear of mistakes. An expectant, impatient crowd did little to encourage them. By halftime, it became clear that the two sides could play for 180 minutes and never score.

The following match also finished nil-nil, but at least both Angola and Morocco were willing to push forward. Hulking Angolan striker Manucho personified the ultimately fruitless but admirable perseverance, hurling himself at every half chance and trying to will the ball into the net.

Manucho failed to compliment his exertions with a goal, but Malian captain Seydou Keita built on the theme of the one-man difference maker a night later with greater success.

Stubborn Niger was six minutes of normal time from holding favored Mali and producing the fourth draw out of four for the tournament. Keita had been omnipresent throughout, even hitting the bar in the 77th minute, but looked destined for Manucho’s fate until he pounced on a fumbled shot to produce the lone goal. It was no less than he, and balanced, spirited Mali, deserved.

Earlier on in the day, Ghana and DR Congo had produced the match of the tournament to date as the Congolese fought back from two goals down. The game showcased the tantalizing potential of this event at its best – uninhibited attacking, fearless underdogs, inexplicable celebrations, even more audacious kits.

But any hopes that the result would spark an outpouring of free-flowing soccer elsewhere was doused by the Niger-Mali nightcap and the tense matches the following day.

Defending champions Zambia looked uncomfortable in the role of favorites. The 2012 title was built on discipline and a lethal counterattack, and Zambia looked even more out of sorts after Ethiopia’s first half red card than when their opponents were at full strength. Allowing the Ethiopians to come from a goal and man down to snatch a draw was a demoralizing result – though the sting was lessened when Nigeria allowed Burkina Faso to create an equalizer out of thin air in the 94 minute a few hours later.

The final day brought the return of the one-man wrecking crew to breakup the string of draws.

Yaya Toure scored Ivory Coast’s opening goal in the 8th minute and, when Togo was in place to somehow emerge with a point after an equalizer on the stroke of halftime, put Gervinho’s winner on a dime with a swinging free kick assist in the closing minutes.

The winner game even later in the closing game of the opening slate. North African rivals Tunisia and Algeria added a much needed shot of edge and intensity to the competition, but the match was petering out toward a goalless conclusion before Tunisian attacker Youssef Msakni wrote his name into the growing ledger of tournament heroes with the curling, pin-point goal of the tournament in the 90th minute.

In last year’s group stage, nearly three goals were scored per game. This year’s edition is averaging around half that. The negativity has stemmed from a variety of sources – from overbearing expectations to lack of quality.

The void has been filled by singular moments of decisiveness.

The 2012 Cup of Nations developed into the tournament of the underdog. There is still plenty of soccer to be played – and the number of draws means most groups remain there for the taking – but if this trend continues, the 2013 event is shaping up defined by the individual.

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AFCON 2013: Another draw for Morocco and Cape Verde

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A 78th minute strike by Youssef El Arabi spared Morocco’s blushes at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, salvaging a point against a determined Cape Verde side, who took the lead in the game through Platini, to play out a 1-1 draw in an Africa Cup of Nations clash.

With South Africa having beaten Angola 2-0 in the first of the double-header fixtures, the pressure was on Morocco, the favourites of the night, to take home a win in order to keep their hopes of finish top of Group A alive.

The nerves between the two teams was evident from the starting whistle as each side gave away needless possession cheaply and it was surprisingly Cape Verde who enjoyed the better of play in the opening 20 minutes.

It was a very uncharacteristic Moroccan display in which they were conceding reckless challenges across the park, one which saw Cape Verde line up a 23rd minute free-kick on the edge of the D.

Ryan Mendes stood up to take the set-piece where he struck an impressive one to beat the Moroccan wall before testing Nadir Lamyaghri, who brilliant dove down and made a save at the far post.

The Atlas Lions continued to struggle under the pressure of the Blue Sharks and they forced Lamyaghri into making a double save from Platini and Nivaldo, just after the half hour mark, as their onslaught continued.

Unlike the second half performance against Angola, the shot-stopper couldn’t keep Morocco in the game for long, as their defensive unit was ripped to shreds by the pace of Mendes and Platini, who finally found the back of the net in the 35th minute.

The Blue Sharks picked up possession in the middle of the park which allowed for Mendes to slot a through ball to Platini. The full-back did well to beat the offside trap before unleashing a chipped ball over the onrushing goalkeeper and into the back of the net, handing Cape Verde a deserved lead.

A change was needed for the Atlas Lions and Rachid Taoussi wasted no time in bringing on Youssef El Arabi in order to help support the one-man strike force of Mounir El Hamdaoui at the start of the second half.

Frustrations continued to grow for the North Africans when Younes Belhanda was shown his second yellow of the tournament, ruling him out for the final fixture against South Africa.

A chance presented itself to Morocco in the 67th minute when they were handed a free-kick from a promising angle. Abdelaziz Barrada stood up to take the effort but his shot was skied above the goal frame.

The only way Morocco was going to get a goal was on the counter-attack and they finally managed to work a successful one when Barrada pushed forward on the right hand side of the field.

Arguably their best player on the field, Barrada managed to slice in a great cross from near the byline, which met El Arabi, who made no error in slicing it into the back of the net with 11 minutes to be played.

Like most of the game, there were few attempts at goal for the final minutes of the encounter as the teams played out to a 1-1 draw.

Morocco (0) 1 (El Arabi 78’)

Cape Verde (1) 1 (Platini 35’)

Morocco: Lamyaghri, Achchakir, Bergdich, Benatia, El Adoua, Barrada, El Ahmadi, Belhanda (Chafni 65’), Assaidi (Belghazouani 54’), El Hamdaoui, Amrabat (El Arabi 46’)

Cape Verde: Vozinha, Varela, Babanco, Neves, Platini (Roni 70’), T. Varela, J. Tavares (Ramos 89’), Soares, Nivaldo, Mendes (Heldon 74’), Gege

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Cape Verde’s Mendes “it was good to score our first goal in an AFCON”

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Cape Verde, the smallest nation at the Orange African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2013, almost created an upset in Group A as they conceded to share the booty 1-1 with Morocco twelve minute to full time. The Blue Sharks had the game under control and were indeed close to grabbing the three points had they not been visited by tiredness as their star player Ryan Mendes confessed:

“We conceded the goal when we were very tired; it is such a pity for us. We felt very sad at the end but it was good to score our first ever goal in an AFCON. We shall now rest and prepare for our next match [against Angola].”

For their part, the Atlas Lions of Morocco who were given favourite in the game termed the outcome of the match a deception as they were somewhat certain for a win against Cape Verde who are just making their debuts in the AFCON.

“It was a big deception. We completely missed out on the first half only to put ourselves together toward the end and mounted more pressure and determination to score.

“On Saturday we played well in the first half against Angola but we ran out of gas in the second half meanwhile today [against Cape Verde] it was the opposite. So, I hope during our next match[ against South Africa] we shall be able to stay  in form in both halves.” Ahmed Kantari, Morocco’s defender said.

This draw has kept the suspense in the group alive as no team, even the leaders South Africa with four points, are guaranteed for the second round till the last group matches are played  Sunday.

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AFCON 2013: South Africa power past Angola

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South Africa on Wednesday defeated Angola 2-0 in a Group A second round game of the Africa Cup of Nations.

The host had managed a goalless draw in the opening game against a resillient Cape Verde side. Goals from Siyabonga Sangweni and Lehlohonolo Majoro in both halves secured victory for South Africa.

Angola showed they meant business, and made the first attempt when Mateus’ shot was parried away by South Africa goalkeeper Khume with just two minutes into the game.

Rantie had a chance in the 16th minute, but his over-ambitious left foot shot was not on target.

Bafana then broke the deadlock when Siyabonga Sangweni’s shot went
past Angola’s goalkeeper to record their first goal of the championship in the 29th minute.

Angola almost equalised two minutes later, but Manucho’s header was inched away.

After the break, Angola intensified their pursuit for an equaliser, as South Africa sought to extend their lead.

Rantie was pulled off for Lehlohonolo Majoro after 13 minutes into the second half with South Africa now playing better on the offensive.

With less than five minutes on the pitch, Majoro was on the counter, and took on two defenders before slotting the ball past Angola goalkeeper to double South Africa lead in the 61st minute.

Angola pilled pressure on South Africa in the 72nd minute, but all their efforts were fruitless.

South Africa were professional enough to handle all threats from Angola to record their first win in nine games.

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AFCON 2013: Do you know Eagles’ group opponents?

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Not many Nigerians know much about the Super Eagles of Nigeria group opponents in the ongoing African Cup of Nations soccer fiesta holding in South Africa. Here are the group opponents, how they qualified, their managers and star players.

Zambia
Zambia qualified in dramatic circumstances. They faced Uganda in the second round of qualification  and took a 1-0 lead into the second leg of the tie. Uganda brought the tie back to level terms, determined to keep the 2012 champions fighting to the bitter end. However, Zambia rallied, showing the team spirit which had won the tournament in Equatorial Guinea and eventually eventually gained entrance to the 2013 African Cup of Nations after winning a breath-taking penalty shootout 9-8 in Kampala.

Their coach Herve Renard is a hard taskmaster who puts the team ahead of the individual, always expecting one hundred per cent from every one of his players.

He has taken Zambia to three Afcon tournaments and his ability to create success out of team work, team spirit and a never-say-die attitude has made him a popular figure in Zambian football circles.

The Chipolopolo, as the Zambiam team are known, derive their inspiration from their captain,  Christopher Katongo, who rallied his colleagues against the odds to beat favourites Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire to claim one of the most dramatic underdog victories in recent footballing history. Katongo is a work-horse in the midfield and relies more on his instincts and determination than pure skill. He scored three vital goals in the 2012 Afcon campaign, including a priceless winner against Ghana in the semi-finals and should be watched closely by the Eagles.

Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso narrowly edged Central African Republic (C.A.R) on a 3-2 aggregate to book their place at the 2013 Afcon after a nervous return leg in Ouagadougou, where the Stallions toiled until the final minute before scoring the winner. They lost the first leg of the second round by a lone goal in Bangui and came from behind to win the return fixture 3-1 after conceding an early 7th minute goal through David Manga of Serbian club FK Partizan

They are coached by Paul Put who took over from Portuguese manager Paulo Duarte last March following the Stallions’ woeful return from the 2012 Nations Cup, where they lost all three of their games and crashed out in the group stage.

Burkina Faso National team(2012 squad)

The Belgian, who has coached top teams such as Lokeren and Lierse in the Jupiler Pro League, will have in hand a bunch of young and brilliant players he will be required to turn into stars or at least reorganise Burkina Faso football and subsequently lay the foundations for a sound Burkinade sporting future.

Their star player is Alain Traore who is known for his pace and elusive dribbling style. Although his work rate is yet to be at its best, the 22-year-old striker made himself a central figure at his former French club Auxerre, where he played seven seasons from 2005 and stayed high in the league’s scorers list for months, before joining Lorient in July 2012.

He appears to be an indispensable forward to every new coach that takes over the Burkina Faso outfit, due to his penchant for goals and ability to set up other players, while regularly holding up the ball. Traore’s brace against the Central African Republic helped his side to scramble a late winner that earned their ticket to the ongoing soccer fiesta in South Africa.

Ethiopia
After a 31-year absence, Ethiopia qualified for the  finals by dumping highly favoured Sudan in the last match, thanks to a 2-0 victory after strikes from Adane Girma and Saladine Said. The away goals rule ensured that they sailed through at the expense of the Nile Crocodiles, who had won the first leg match played in Khartoum 5-3.

Ethiopia National team

Like the Eagles, they are handled by an indigenous coach Sewnet Bishaw, who is fancied by many in the east African region to lead his charges to a respectable showing at the 2013 Afcon. The veteran tactician has enjoyed successful stints with clubs in the Ethiopian League and at Yemen top flight side Ahly Senaa, before assuming the role of Ethiopian head coach.

Ethiopia’s mainstay is their captain and  lanky but mobile central defender, Degu Debebe who  has held on for the past decade. He carries a wealth of experience to the team from both club and country.

He is expected to lead the team from the backline at the Nations Cup, with his experience and determination set to be put to the test.

Their star player is Adane Girma. He is expected to play an integral part in Ethiopia’s performance  in the tournament. During the 2013 Afcon qualifiers, the 27-year-old calmly dispatched the all-important penalty that helped Ethiopia eliminate Benin on away goals in the preliminary round, then following his impressive form by scoring the opening goal as Ethiopia secured their first Afcon trip in three decades at the expense of neighbours Sudan.

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AFCON 2013: Renard under pressure as Keshi plots Zambia’s fall

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Herve Renard is feeling the pressure ahead of Friday’s crucial clash against Nigeria.

This follows Zambia’s stuttering 1-1 draw against Ethiopia  in their opening Group C match on January 21 at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

Renard refused to be engaged into discussing the scenario in Group C following Nigeria’s draw against Burkina Faso.  At the end of Zambia’s Tuesday morning training session at Ka Nyamazane Stadium,  less than 24 hours after his team was outclassed by 10-man Ethiopia.

“You want us to talk,  no, we should not talk but we should talk on the pitch,” Renard said.

“People in Zambia talk a lot and one day you will see when we will be out.”

Renard said it was the same thing at the 2010 tournament in Angola when Zambia drew 1-1 against Tunisia in their opening Group D match before qualifying to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1996.  “They said the same when I left the first time, you know, that they say you have to change this one, bring this one and you can change everything,” Renard said.

“You want to talk about Nigeria? The press conference was yesterday.”

Group C is tight with all four teams tied on one point each after the Super Eagles also drew 1-1 against Burkina Faso at Mbombela.

Meanwhile, Zambia looked in good spirits at Tuesday’s training like nothing eventful happened on Monday night across town at Mbombela.

Eight players minus Chisamba Lungu who started and finished the match had a separate 40 minute light workout while the rest underwent the full two hour practice session at Ka Nyamazane.

After a thorough review of Eagles match against Burkina Faso, Nigeria’s coach, Stephen Keshi would make changes in tactics and in his selection for the match against Zamibia.

It is a plot that he hopes will win him the match if the players implement even 70 per cent of his strategy.Renard said it was the same thing at the 2010 tournament in Angola when Zambia drew 1-1 against Tunisia in their opening Group D match before qualifying to the quarterfinals for the first time since 1996.  “They said the same when I left the first time, you know, that they say you have to change this one, bring this one and you can change everything,” Renard said.

“You want to talk about Nigeria? The press conference was yesterday.”

Group C is tight with all four teams tied on one point each after the Super Eagles also drew 1-1 against Burkina Faso at Mbombela.

Meanwhile, Zambia looked in good spirits at Tuesday’s training like nothing eventful happened on Monday night across town at Mbombela.

Eight players minus Chisamba Lungu who started and finished the match had a separate 40 minute light workout while the rest underwent the full two hour practice session at Ka Nyamazane.

After a thorough review of Eagles match against Burkina Faso, Nigeria’s coach, Stephen Keshi would make changes in tactics and in his selection for the match against Zamibia.

It is a plot that he hopes will win him the match if the players implement even 70 per cent of his strategy.

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