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Zambia coach warns Nigeria as Chipolopolo clash with Eagles in AFCON group

Published on: 25 October 2012

Zambia have asked Nigeria to forget about winning Group C of the 2013 African Cup of Nations after the two countries were drawn in the same group.

Coach of the reigning African champions Herve Renard said that the Super Eagles cannot stop them from their ambition of retaining the title.

The Chipolopolo were drawn in Group C together with Nigeria, Burkina Fas and Ethiopia.

"We are very confident coming into the finals of the Africa Cup in South Africa in 2013 and we believe we can go very far and even win it," says African champion coach Herve Renard.

We are are happy to compete in the final of the 2013 Africa Cup. I know it will be a big success. We don't just need to be confident; we have to do in 2013 what we did in 2012."

"Our target from the group is to finish top and achieve the most important thing which is to reach the quarter final. After that, we can manage to go very far; as far as we can go," Renard said.

The Fox, as the 2012 Afcon winning coach is fondly called, said playing the Africa Cup in South Africa was good for Chipolopolo because it was "home".

"We are always coming to South Africa for preparations for the qualifiers of the Africa Cup and the World Cup. We are almost at home here, so we have to be confident," Renard said adding: "We are here and will be coming here to make history."

African champions Zambia commence the defence of their African title on 21st January 2013 against Ethiopia - a team that makes a return to the finals of Africa's biggest soccer show piece after a 31 year absence.

Chipolopolo then play Nigeria on the 25th before completing Group C games against Burkina Faso on 29th January. Zambia won her maiden Nations Cup title on 12 February 2012 after beating Ivory Coast in the final in Libreville, Gabon.


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  • Joshua Jere says:
    October 25, 2012 06:17 am
    Its an interesting game, i totally respect Nigeria and it will be nice to see this clash. one thing for sure is that these have always been tough encounters. remember the 2008 quaterfinals as well as the 1994 finals. I believe Zambia will win this tie though it will not be easy. great to have Nigeria back. it's teams like this that make the Afcon very interesting. Goodluck Nigeria. Go Chipolopolo go! go! go!
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    October 25, 2012 06:37 am
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    October 25, 2012 06:38 am
    October 25, 2012 06:41 am
    actualy ethiopia play a more coordinated game because almost all their players play at home. bokinafaso will also have a good game but not like ethiopia.zambia will top the group. i think ghana will go through to the quater final.
  • Zambitious says:
    October 25, 2012 06:45 am
    Anybody who know any nigerian site? I want to interact with my nigerian brothers since now we are in the same group.
  • swag says:
    October 25, 2012 07:13 am
    Zambia has not be convincing lately, so I don't see them topping the Group even though the Super Eagles are below par.
  • Headman Uzo -Chief Tembwe says:
    October 25, 2012 07:27 am
    Nigerian team is very good especially that they have been out of proper action for some time due to poor performance. They will continue to perform badly until the current crop of players are done away with. They have been playing names instead of football just like what Ghana did. Play the game dont put names like Cameroon too
  • Bond says:
    October 25, 2012 07:30 am
    @zambitious Go to,itz a nigerian forum or register where we also hv loads of 9jrians 4 a more civil discussion
  • Headman Uzo -Chief Tembwe says:
    October 25, 2012 07:32 am
    If you want a Nigerian site, I would give you a simple advice. Be careful, they are not like Ghanaians. They will flood your PC with every 611 until your computer is rotten.
  • Sade says:
    October 25, 2012 07:40 am
    U Ghanaian have got issues he didnt say nigeria should forget.but he was confident we shall make it unlike u and Nigerian,there is usuall respect between Zambia and Nigeria.
  • Zambitious says:
    October 25, 2012 07:56 am
    Thank you Bond for the site. God bless
  • zambia is a shit hole! says:
    October 25, 2012 08:35 am
    Nigeria wil top group C n burkina faso wil follo.i dnt c zambia makn it n even if dey do any team in group D can send dem packn easily.da onetym champions may exit sooner dan dey thought..
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    October 25, 2012 09:04 am
    Your luck will run out soon Mr. Fox, your players dont have the temperament for BIG games.
  • kuukuphily says:
    October 25, 2012 09:06 am
    Zambia will not make it out of this group but then again I want to face them again ...
  • Master Dribber says:
    October 25, 2012 09:20 am
    Mali and DR Congo will most likely make it out from Group B. I do not see Ghana pulling through
  • Joshua Jere says:
    October 25, 2012 09:33 am
    January 19 is just around the corner. For heavens sake there is no way Zambia can fail to ease through the group stages. The real threat is obviously Nigeria, but i think we both know whatever happens its these two teams to pull through. Ghana on the other hand like i have always said have a tough group. they play Mali who beat them in the Afcon and DRC who drew with them on there last encounter and are quite unpredictable. I wander where all this confidence is coming from from the ghanians because they stand no chance in this tournament due to the pressure they put on themselves ''talking too much'' they dont let things hapen on the pitch. and hence end up getting frustrated. Zambia will go all the way. wait and see
  • full tym ZED says:
    October 25, 2012 09:51 am
    Ghana has an issue against Zambia no wonder you spend most of your time insulting the mighty chipolopolo boys,they are a thorn in your flesh.Dont worry we will meet for the third time,oky
  • Sade says:
    October 25, 2012 11:36 am
    @zambia is a shit hole!.u know that burkina faso has never beaten zambia ryt.???so it could be history am using could coz it wont happen
  • Solomon says:
    October 25, 2012 11:42 am
    Nigeria vs zambia would be a table-topping cracker. Can't wait for it. But my money is on Nigeria.
  • Joshua Jere says:
    October 25, 2012 11:56 am
    Nigerian supporters are very civilised in their comments unlike some of the ghanians commenting no this site, i said some because it's not all the ghanaians passing bad and profane comments, i wish we could all unite and just discuss football..@solomon it sure will be a table topping cracker. you guys have always had the edge against us and that might be the motivation to make us win this time. my money is on Zambia to win this tie.
  • Mwansa says:
    October 25, 2012 12:50 pm
    This site is full of shit: the story is stolen from superspot: Renard wasnt warning Nigerians, Ghanians stop embarasin Africa with ur reporting, deep down your hearts u want Zambians on this site thats why you put such stories.... Try readin an article not connected to Zambia, it always has 5-10 comments when those with Zambia have 50+ comments
  • teniola says:
    October 25, 2012 01:42 pm
    Nigeria is the best team in africa,they parade the finest player in africa! I see nigeria winning the tournament
  • Truth says:
    October 25, 2012 02:26 pm
    Zambia have never win Nigeria before and will never win Nigerian in anything football. Both Male team and Female team.
  • zambia is a shit hole! says:
    October 25, 2012 03:40 pm
    @sade jus lyk zambia winin 2012 afcon der is a first tym fo everything u underate burkina at ur own peril.
  • zambia is a shit hole! says:
    October 25, 2012 03:48 pm
    Mattr of fact dey beat u b4
  • ben amos says:
    October 25, 2012 06:54 pm
    Zambia is just a defending champion but i think that will not help them this time, cos the Superb Eagle is very angry and have the kind of player that can march any powerful striker, so cantogo should be warn.
  • nene says:
    October 25, 2012 07:42 pm
    I hate coaches who brag and later falls. He should listen to his boss what he said about Ghana in their group. You defeated Ghana and Nigeria once or twice and you bragging. He should known better that it will be a different ball game
  • steve says:
    October 25, 2012 08:21 pm
    Why is there so much bad blood between Ghana and Zambia, Ghana and Nigeria!...and good civility and comradia between Nigeria and Zambia?
  • Thrice says:
    October 25, 2012 10:45 pm
    Cry baby, still crying from those 2 loses heh..move o 2013 AFCON is around the corner ...i wonder wat will become of u Zambia beats Ghana AGAIN in S.A!!!
  • Zed says:
    October 25, 2012 10:55 pm
    Enough respect 4 Nigeria...but we wil overcome dem this time.
  • Denise says:
    October 25, 2012 11:03 pm
    Nigeria once had the finest squad on the continent...but can the current squad emulate...multi talented but selection is the biggest problem.Ode Awigi favoutite!
  • Denise says:
    October 25, 2012 11:05 pm
    Nigeria is business minded unlike......annna!
  • Joshua Jere says:
    October 26, 2012 06:21 am
    @steve i i have observed that too and it buffles me. What do you think could be the solution?
  • Kalaba says:
    October 26, 2012 07:17 pm
    Those who are saying Zambia has never beaten Nigeria before should check their statistics correctly. In algeria Afcon 1986 Zambia wired Nigeria 3-0. Zambia has beaten all of African teams before and will continue tormenting the continent come january 2012 and you will witness again..just the sound of a gun will disperse the birds so eagles we warn you.
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    October 26, 2012 07:36 pm
  • ghana's greatest nightmare(zambia) says:
    October 26, 2012 08:25 pm
    which planet do you come from? down the memory lane zambia 3 nigeria 0 1988 afcon in algeria. where were you? now can you dig it!!! sucker!!!!!!!
  • ghana's greatest nightmare(zambia) says:
    October 26, 2012 08:30 pm
    nonsense!!!! just shut you mandibles, you think football is played with your beak?
  • zambia is our toilet hole says:
    October 27, 2012 02:11 pm
    ALL ZAMBIANS NOTE : I don't know why Zambians are disrespectful on this site.Did Ghana at all create this site for your stupid ass? I hate your stupid comments here with that your stupid English sentences.Who said Ghana has any ravalry with Zambia? Football is a Game .Ghana can win and can loose and what is wrong with that?Village people as Zambians,go back to colonial rule and be civilised.Ghana is not fighting but playing a game of football and I see no reason why these stupid and uncivilised Zambians must ivade this site as if they are people that are at par with Ghanaians!It is a high time GSN requires national id to log on this site.What is wrong with these idiots?Even mighty Brazil is defeated by inferior teams at times so what is wrong with inferior teams like zambia and co defeating Ghana at times?Is this what is making Zambians going mad?Or they are just simply happy because they could defeat Mighty Ghana by chance?I just want all Zambians to know that Ghana has no ravalry with you and your team cannot be compared to Ghana.Zambia has just an inferior team no matter winning last years CAN.Zambia shouls stop decieving themselves by comparing themselves to Ivory Coast, Cameroon,Nigeria Egypt and the mighty Ghana.Foolish people NB.All educated Zambians who are not on this site for unhealty comments are exempted from this.
  • Ikechukwu nwahiri says:
    January 16, 2013 11:06 am
    Every1 have overlookd ethiopia whom i believ wil come out from the group stage nigeria or zambia wil join them,burkina wil not qualify and either zambia or nigeria wil go home with them,but nigeria wil top the group i just believ.
  • Deep says:
    January 05, 2013 10:17 am
    Please hear me out, & listen very carefully: It's funny how all of u r brgin! I'm Zambia but I really dnt think we'll return the cup, & Nigeria simply will not beat Zambia, "on paper!!": U win tha cup 4 the 1st tym & u think u will return it easily, tht's wht's hppning in Zmbia. Overcomfidence will make em pay! When Zmbia played Nigeria (friendly), in Nigeria, the were beaten 2-0, but if u looked @ the stats u'd wonder hw they failed 2 score a single goal. Even the Nigerian commentators were not conviced the way Nigeria won tht game, & Herve Renard learnt 2 things: he never had good defence & strikers were relatively poor. Because of this, Zambia will most likely draw against Nigerian in S.A, simply because I respect Keshi, a man who captained the Eagles in the '94 final, but the team he has assembled has not convinced me. And respect goes 2 a team tht comes 4rom behind 2 win a final ('94). Zambia did very well then because they had 2 gather a team, tht went on 2 the final, hving lost an entire team the yr b4. I dnt think nigerian has fielded a good team even this tym because they keep using the same old players, making similar mistakes every AFCON, with very little use of younsters, which Zambia has done. Zambia was 4 a long tym using players (most had kids!!) on the basis of "experience", but Renard came along & changed tht system. Every yr, at least 1 U20 player makes a debut 4 Zambia. There's a reason Zambia was voted the 2nd the 2nd best team only jst 2nd 2 Spain. So y cnt the eagles do something similar? The Black Stars did a similar thing after wining the U20 WC, beating the lyks of Brazil. But the problem is tht they over do it, leaving out some important experienced players. Those younsters lose motivation after jst conceeding a goal, losing twice 1-0 against Zambia in 2012, and once during the 2010 final vs Egypt. I really dnt think the Eagles are good enough 2 beat Zambia, & the worst result the Chipolopolo can get is a draw. Wht I lyk abt the Zmbian team is tht they hv a tendancy of "proving teams wrong", e.g. Zambia 4-0 Italy, 1988. My point is, every1 has a very good chance of winning the Cup. Jst becuse a team is filled with stars playing in Europe dsnt mean tht they can win all the games they want, e.g Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal, e.t.c. Ghana was supposed 2 win tht 2010 WC but sum individuals got selfish & u saw wht happend, & the surprising thing is tht they keep giving penalties 2 the same damn person, Gyan, who keeps missing! Grow up!! Replace the lad with some1 else. Renard is a coach who dsnt underestimate any team, and thts hw come u c him doing well overal. This 2013 AFCON will once again b 1 of the hardest in history, and I think the final will b decided on penalties, again. Tchaw!!