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Zambia Under Pressure With Opening Loss To Nigeria – Kalaba


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Chipolopolo of Zambia captain Rainford Kalaba has said his team will have to redeem themselves after falling 2-1 at home to Nigeria in the Group opener of the 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign on Sunday.

The defeat at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola saw Zambia slump to the bottom of Group B in the qualifiers while visitors Nigeria took command of the pool at the end of match day one.

“I am very disappointed and I am very sorry to the nation but we could have scored at least two or three goals in this game,” Kalaba said. “We are very disappointed to lose at home. It was very important to start well unfortunately we didn’t.”

Kalaba had two great chances in the first half to draw level in a period Nigeria took a 2-0 lead into the break. But his saw his 35th minute shot go inches wide and in 44th minute, Nigeria goalkeeper Onora Ikeme parried the Zambia captains effort.

“Losing the first game leaves us with a lot of pressure but we still have a good team. There is just one mistake we need to rectify in the team and we will be okay,” Zambia captain concluded.
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