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2018 WORLD CUP QUALIFIER: ZAMBIA 1 NIGERIA 2 FULLTIME

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Nigeria win for the first time in Zambia and it is also it’s first loss by Zambia at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola. Zambia fightback in the second half but it was not enough to get them a result in front of a packed stadium

90+3 – FULLTIME! Zambia 1 Nigeria 2

90+2 – NIGERIA CHANGE – Shehu Abdullahi i for Ogenyi Onazi

90+1 – There will be three minutes of additional time as Zambia continue on the front foot

88 – Nigeria’s Mikel is booked

87 – Zambia come close again, but there is no connection to Kola’s cross from  the left

86 – Ahmed Musa gets a diving Mweene to save

85 – Nigeria attack breaks down

84 – Pressure is still on Nigeria

82- NIGERIA CHANGE – Ahmed Musa in for Moses Simon

80 – ZAMBIA CHANGE – Rodger Kola in for the lively Tembo

79 – Timely header by Ekong as Zambia keep pushing for an equaliser

75 – Zambia attacking, Nigeria defending, exciting contest!

71 – NIGERIA CHANGE – Ideye out for Anderson Esiti in, defensive change by Nigeria

70 – GOAL! Mbesuma scores, he fires home from inside the box after an Omeruo mistake, it is now Zambia 1 Nigeria 2

69 – Big save by Ikeme!Mwansa header off corner is blocked by the Nigeria goalkeeper

67 – Zambia win a corner after Omeruo clears a dangerous ball with Mbesuma lurking

66 – Offside against Nigeria’s Ideye

62 – Another Zambia attack breaks down and moments later, Chongo overlaps, but his cross is very disappointing

60 – Kalaba gets past Ndidi, but Ikeme blocks the final shot to keep out Zambia. Big moment in the game

57 – Great play by Nigeria! Mikel is denied by a flying Mweene just moments after Ideye controlled the ball inside the box and was repulsed

56 – ZAMBIA CHANGE – Jackson Mwanza in for Kalengo, attacking change by Zambia as they go for broke

55 – Iwobi shoots for goal but Mweene saves Zambia blushes

54 – Zambia striker Mbesuma shoots at goal, but the shot is too weak to trouble Ikeme

53 – Iheanacho foul, free kick to Nigeria inside their own half of the pitch

51 – Besides making mistakes in defence, Zambia have not got their act together upfront as well

50 – Free kick to Tembo after foul by Ndidi

48 – ZAMBIA CHANGE – Mtongo in for Chama

46 – Zambia restart the game

Poor defending has gifted Super Eagles two away goals, but there is still 45 minutes to play in the second half

45 – Halftime – Zambia 0 Nigeria

42 – GOAL! Nigeria score again, a super solo goal by Kelechi Iheanacho, he rounds up Mweene and fires from the near post

39 – Close for Zambia to draw level as powerful header by Kalaba is saved at point blank range by Carl Ikeme.  Kalaba is then booked for diving after he falls on his own inside the box

37 – Nigeria are bossing the game now and they keep pouring forward

34 – Iheanacho comes close to doubling Nigeria’s lead but his shot from outside the box misses the mark

33 – GOAL! Nigeria score through Iwobi, who fires home from inside the box after a long ball by Wilfred Ndidi is headed intohis path, defensive mistake by Zambia yet again

30 – Half an hour played and zambia skipper Kalaba shoots at goal, but it misses

27 – Tembo is brilliantly tackled by Mikel right inside the box, great tackle by the Chelsea man

26 – Big miss by Moses Simon who cashed in on a mistake by Chama, but he blasts his shot from inside the box into the stands

25 – It is still Zambia 0 Nigeria 0

23 – Fwayo shoots hard and powerful but Ikeme holds the shot firmly

21 – Sunzu fouls Ideye and moments later, Mikel fouls a Zambia player

20 – Another Nigeria attack breaks down

19 – Zambia piling on the pressure and get another corner

18 – Zambia dangerous and get a corner after Kalaba’s shot at goal is blocked for a corner

17 – Foul by Iheanacho against Zambia’s Sinkala, it’s a physical contest

15 – Ideye is offside, it is a close call after he is released by Iwobi, but even then the Olympiacos fluffs his lines with only goalkeeper Mweene to beat

13 – The physical duel between Sunzu and Ideye is developing

11 – Zambia shoot at goal but easy for goalkeeper Ikeme

9 – Both teams trying hard to really assert themselves in this game

7 – Nigeria are taking the game to their hosts as Nigeria win another corner, dangerous set-piece is finally cleared out of danger by Zambia

5 – Sunzu foul against Ideye, free kick and from that chance, corner for Nigeria

2 – Mistake by Chama in the Zambia defence, but Ideye cannot cash on it and almost immediately Nigeria goalie Ikeme concedes a corner from a Tembo cross

1 – Kick-off by Nigeria, away we go!

Good crowd at the 49,000-capacity Levy Mwanawasa, almost filled to capacity

The national anthems, first Nigeria the away team, then that of Zambia…

Pre-match formalities going on with Zambian President and his black cowboy hat…

The two teams step out, Nigeria in all-white and green trimmings, Zambia in all-green, as the FIFA anthem rings out

Egyptian ref Gehad Grisha was also in charge when both teams clashed in South Africa three years ago

Zambia starting XI vs Nigeria: Kennedy Mweene,  Kabaso Chongo, Stopilla Sunzu, Adrian Chama, Fackson Kapumbu – Nathan Sinkala, Fwayo Tembo, Chisamba Lungu, Rainford Kalaba (skipper) – Collins Mbesuma, Winston Kalengo

Zambian President Edgar Lungu has just arrived the match venue, he looks very confident his country will carry the day

They have just completed their warm-up and we are less than 20 minutes away from the big kick-off

The Super Eagles have never won in Zambia and their 100% Europe-based starting XI will have to grapple with the boiling heat in Ndola this afternoon

Nigeria starting XI (4-2-3-1): Carl Ikeme – Wilfred Ndidi, Elderson Echiejile, Kenneth Omeruo, William Troost-Ekong – Ogenyi Onazi, Mikel Obi (captain) – Moses Simon, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho – Brown Ideye

Olympiacos striker Brown Ideye, Ogenyi Onazi, Mikel Obi and Kenneth Omeruo are the survivors from the last time both teams clashed at AFCON 2013in South Africa and it ended 1-1

Nigeria have already named their starting line-up with Leicester City forward Ahmed Musa and Musa Mohammed dropped to the bench. Moses Simon will start in place of Ahmed, while Wilfred Ndidi begins ahead of Musa.

The other match in this qualifying group – Algeria vs Cameroon – will be played later tonight in Blida

Welcome to the LIVE commentary of this 2018 World Cup qualifier between hosts Zambia and Nigeria in Ndola this afternoon

Source: africanfootball.com

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Jordan Ayew tops English Premier League sprint chart after 16 matches

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Ghana forward Jordan Ayew has been rated as the player with most sprints in the English Premier League after 16 round of games.

The Swansea City attacker has always been faced with criticisms for his lack of work ethos when playing for the Ghana’s senior national team.

But the former Olympique Marseille man appears to have had the best statistics in arguably the world’s best championship in terms of a player that has made the most sprints in the league after 16 matches

The 25-year-old heads the list of the 10 players ahead of speedsters including Hector Bellerin of Arsenal, Delle Alli of Tottenham and Richarlison of Watford.

According to the Express.co.uk, with their high intensity and counter-attacking football, Manchester City have wracked up the most sprints so far this season with a whopping 6198.

However, relegation-threatened West Ham have managed a measly 4942.

Surprisingly, Manchester United only have the 15th highest amount of sprints with 5210.

Even though Manchester City have wracked up the most sprints as a team, no individual star of Pep Guardiola’s side makes the top 10.

So which Premier League ace has sprinted the most times?

1. Jordan Ayew (Swansea) – 796 sprints

2. Delle Alli (Tottenham) – 742 sprints

3. Jay Rodriguez (Burnley) – 715 sprints

4. Hector Bellerin (Arsenal)- 695 sprints

5. Tom Cleverley (Watford) – 695 sprints

6. Tom Ince (Huddersfield) – 683 sprints

7. Abdoulaye Doucore (Watford) – 682 sprints

8. Richarlison (Watford) – 677 sprints

9. Erik Pieters (Stoke) – 669 sprints

10. Pascal Gross (Brighton) – 662 sprints

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Pots announced for Final Draw

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With Peru completing the line-up of 32 teams for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, we now know the seeding pots for the Final Draw on 1 December.

It was confirmed in September, by the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions, that all teams will be allocated to (eight-team) pots 1 to 4 based on sporting principles. The October 2017 edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be used to allocate all qualified teams to the four pots according to their ranking in descending order, after hosts Russia who take the top seeding spot.

With those factors in mind, here are the final pots for the Final Draw:

POT 1 Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France
POT 2 Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Croatia
POT 3 Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran
POT 4 Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia

It is worth remembering that the principle of drawing the teams into the groups will remain unchanged. This means that no teams from the same confederation, with the exception of UEFA, which could have up to two teams in the same group, will be drawn into the same group.

The Final Draw will take place on Friday 1 December at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace.

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« We do not want him at Real Madrid anymore »

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Real Madrid are in a bad situation in the league, the club of Casa Blanca is currently third in Liga behind Valencia and Barça, the Catalans have taken a big lead, and this could definitely make them lose the championship in the winter. And a Madrid club player is highlighted in these poor results.

101 million euros for his transfer, 23 injuries since, 73 matches missed or 55% of the matches of his team. Statistics that would drive any coach and / or leaders crazy. You have it ?

These are the figures of Gareth Bale since his arrival at Real Madrid in the summer of 2013 from Tottenham. Whoever has played only nine games in the year 2017/2018 seems to have seriously undermined the patience of its leaders. Just back from a calf injury, he was summoned by the Welsh side to face France in a friendly last Friday, but made the choice to stay in Madrid to prepare for the derby against Atletico Madrid. But, the blow, the Welsh injured during training last Thursday and will be absent about a month.

What continue to fuel the rumors of transfers but especially what cause irritation of the board leader. The latter, tired of not being able to align their triplet « BBC », have made a decision that should be irrevocable, according to the Madrid newspaper AS: It must leave this summer. And the Spanish media also explains that the president of the Madrilenian club, Florentino Perez, added:

« We do not want him at Real Madrid anymore »
Yet strongly criticized last season, Bale had managed to avoid a departure last summer, claiming to want to win at Real Madrid. This year, his start to the season does not plead in his favor and he seems to have exhausted all his jokers in the Spanish capital. The departure of the Welsh international therefore seems to have been recorded.

The rumor of a return to the Premier League, Manchester United in particular, has been reactivated but the number of contenders could quickly evolve in view of the quality of the player. Be careful though, the Welsh is signed until 2022, and Florentino Perez is determined not to sell his player.

Unless a return to its best level, it is difficult to see how the Welsh international could reverse the situation. Zinedine Zidane even found his replacement for 100 million euros.

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