NIGERIA VS ZAMBIA: Five Interesting Facts About Super Eagles Vs Chipolopolo Encounters

NIGERIA VS ZAMBIA: Five Interesting Facts About Super Eagles Vs Chipolopolo Encounters

Ahead of next weekend’s crucial FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier between the Super Eagles of the Nigeria and Chipolopolo of Zambia, Completesportsnigeria.com’s JAMES AGBEREBI digs up some interesting facts concerning the two countries…


The Super Eagles remain unbeaten in seven straight games against the Chipolopolo of Zambia.

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The last time the Eagles lost to Zambia was a 2-0 defeat in an international friendly game in Lusaka in 1997. Since then the Eagles have recorded four wins and three draws.

After the loss in 1997, the Eagles met Zambia again just two days later in Kitwe in Zambia and held them to a 0-0 draw.

In the first leg of the qualifiers for the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations in Lagos in 2001, the Eagles won 1-0 thanks to Victor Agali’s goal.

The reverse fixture in Chingola ended 1-1 with Benedict Akwuegbu scoring Nigeria’s goal before an own goal by Isaac Okoronkwo drew Zambia level.

The 2010 AFCON in Angola saw the Super Eagles and Chipolopolo clash in the quarter-finals with the Eagles triumphing 5-4 on penalties after 120 minutes ended 0-0.

Both countries met in an international friendly game in Kaduna in 2011 which ended 2-0 in favour of the Eagles with the Uche brothers, Ikechukwu and Kalu, getting the goals.

In the 2013 AFCON hosted by South Africa the Eagles and Zambia were drawn in the same group. They played a 1-1 draw. Emmanuel Emenike gave the Eagles the lead before Kennedy Mweene equalised from the penalty spot.

And in their last meeting in the first leg of the FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier in Ndola in 2016, Nigeria beat Zambia 2-1.

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In four previous home games against Zambia in Nigeria, the Eagles are yet to taste defeat, securing three wins and one draw.

The first time the Eagles hosted Zambia in Nigeria was in the second leg of the qualifiers for the 1974 AFCON in Egypt which the Eagles won 3-2 (Zambia won the first leg 5-1 and went on to qualify for the 1974 AFCON).

Zambia’s next visit to Nigeria was in 1985 for the Egypt 1986 AFCON qualifiers which ended 0-0 in Lagos.

Both Nigeria and Zambia were drawn in the same group for the 2002 AFCON qualifiers. Also in the group were Namibia and Madagascar.

On matchday one, the Super Eagles played host to Chipolopolo and won 1-0 courtesy of Victor Agali’s lone strike.

And the last time both teams met in Nigeria was in a 2011 international friendly game in Kaduna which the Eagles won 2-0.

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The second leg FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifier will be the first time Nigeria will host Zambia in a FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Their previous meetings in Nigeria were in the 1974, 1986 and 2002 AFCON qualifiers.


Nigeria have met Zambia in senior qualifiers on three occasions but are yet to eliminate the Southern Africans.

In their first ever qualifying tie, Zambia knocked Nigeria out 7-4 on aggregate during qualification for the 1974 AFCON.

Zambia repeated the feat again against Nigeria when they ousted the Eagles from the race to the 1986 AFCON 1-0 on aggregate (first leg in Nigeria ended 0-0, second leg in Lusaka Zambia won 1-0).

The last time both teams faced each other was in the group stage of the 2002 AFCON qualifiers.

At the end of the qualifiers, both the Eagles and Zambia secured the two available tickets for the 2002 AFCON while Namibia and Madagascar crashed out.

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Zambia have inflicted the heaviest defeat on Nigeria since both countries have been squaring off against each other.

The defeat was a 5-1 win in Lusaka by Zambia in the 1974 AFCON qualifiers.

On their part, the Eagles’ biggest scoreline win against Zambia was 2-0 which was on two occasions, in the semi-final of the 1990 AFCON and the 2011 international friendly game.

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  • reuben etefia 6 years ago

    It’s a great lesson to learn; that will bring about a great history.

  • Vitalis 6 years ago

    These histories do not count,all am after is a win on 7 octomber.Up Super Eagles!

  • Mr Historian,

    Seems your records badly need updating come 7th October: 2017 WC Qualifier Nigeria 2 Zambia 0. Eagles qualified with blistering second half goals by — and —.

    Just fill in the blanks with your preferred names (all of them including Troost Ekong are capable of scoring).

    • Theophilus ThankGod 5 years ago

      Answer to the question-USA 1994
      Prediction-Nigeria 2 vs 1 Zambia
      fullname-Theophilus Thank for

  • Barney 6 years ago

    It’s gonna be a complete white was of the loud mouth Zambians at Uyo next weekend.

  • phadah 6 years ago

    maybe cos we av similar names n wear same colour of jersey ,the Zambians think that Nigeria n Algeria are d same.Yes they won Algeria(who to me are d weakest team in d group,n we even at that we won dem wen their morale was still high) home n away,they now think uyo n Blida z d same,oya na make dem dey come with DAT dea basket mouthed coach!

  • Phiri Francis WL 6 years ago

    Kindly wait for my boys to show you real football we do not talk football its only defined on the pitch in 90 mins guys.Zambia 2 Super Eagles 1 .

  • Phiri Francis WL 6 years ago

    New history to be written on the 7th October 2017.viva chipolopolo go Zambia go !!!!!Lusaka

  • Onyeagoro Johnson Chima 6 years ago

    Eagles fans should be in the stadium early to see the first goal which will be scored within the first 2 minutes of the first half, IJN.

    • Tgrace 6 years ago

      As if you know my mind, are you a mind reader, Zambia is dead already. Uyo will be a heat for them

  • Tgrace 6 years ago

    I dnt like all this score lines am seeing here
    Take it or leave it it Nigeria 4 v 0 Zambia

  • Zambia never qualified to the world cup before and history tells us Nigeria have been beaten in 3 occasion so who are we to criticise history. Nigeria 0, Zambia 3. watch out Nigeria Chipolopolo is coming.

  • mwila 5 years ago

    be careful Nigerian’s you shall cry like a bush meet, when we shall meet at your home stadium.we’re coming like lightening in Nigeria . commented from Zambia

  • FRANK CHILESHE 5 years ago

    commenting on the game Zambia vs Nigeria is Zambia who beat Nigeria by two goals to nil reason lam saying so because Nigeria is more pressure than Zambia of which Nigeria who be forced to get an early go which who never be happened which who cause them to play open game at last Zambia who score goals this is what happened when Nigeria came to Zambia this time football is change Zambia does not play names just because this play in Chelsea or any club hard luck Nigeria go chopolopolo Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • No offense but go learn some english

    • Donsnny 5 years ago

      Reverse might just be the case via hard luck,in your quest finding a consolation goal against a four goals win margin from the super eagles,just pray you get a goal,ask Cameroon their experience against balogun and our dear troost ekong.

    • Usoro James Udo 5 years ago

      I love your confident. Is dam late for you people to wake up now to challenge Nigeria. Were you people sleeping when we beat
      you at home? That was the beginning of your sorrow, sorry o.

    • Ademola Oluwafemi 5 years ago

      Bad English.

  • Paul B 5 years ago

    Nigerian Fans U Play Football By Talking While Zambians Less Talking More Actions. I See More Goals For Zambia. N: 0 Z: 3 .

  • Mike Odofin 5 years ago

    To update your records, In Libya 82′ Zambia defeated Nigeria 3-1 in afcon group game. Nigeria had woeful performance in that competition even though they are the defending champion.

  • goodheart 5 years ago

    we all know zambia is afraid of super eagles, having quality players from all over Europe. If zambia was that good which European club do zambia stars play for. Ask cameroun, they know better. Nig. 4 vs zam. 1 GO SUPER EAGLES.

  • goodheart 5 years ago

    somebody says super eagles talk football and chipolopolo play the game, what has coach Nyirida doing with all the ranting?

  • goodheart 5 years ago

    somebody says super eagles talk football and chipolopolo play the game, what has coach Nyirida been doing with all the ranting?

  • enros 5 years ago

    Zambia will leave Uyo highly frustrated and disappointed, after the heavy defeat,they will become wretched in football ecstasy.

  • Frank ekwunife 5 years ago

    I believe Nigeria will beat Zambia 2:0

  • As much as I love the Nigeria 4-0 Zambia final score line I actually want it to be Nigeria 6-0 Zambia.

  • Innomeje 5 years ago

    y all this talk… cus they d Zambian knw d score already… Nig 6 : 0 Zam… I rest my case

  • Thompson 5 years ago

    The harder they come, the harder they fall.. Nigeria 5-0 Zambia

  • CACIOUS MWILA 5 years ago

    Nigerian’s soccer fan’s do not threaten Zambia okay? your eighty dependable players their not strong.Evin you, your self you have already finish to know that you’re playing through talkativeness.because that pressure you have it will take you some where else. So don’t lash because if you lash you will clash and you shall regret.when this time shall come you will cry like bell at school which is reining for break time commented from Zambia

  • Noble Klef 5 years ago

    The Zambians wld play under pressure bcz they’d come all out to score, and that wld make d Eagles catch dem on d counter. Nigeria wld win by 2-0

  • sauce 5 years ago

    I only hope u Zambians have the abillity to match your mouth-flapping come match day.. Cameroon came here just last month as African Champions and with a more stable and experienced team but still got completely humiliated 4-0. 
    I know there are no longer minnows in African football but  when you are going to Nigeria for a game of this magnitude, you first have to hide somewhere and pray! 

  • CACIOUS MWILA 5 years ago

    it is a ball with God,so don’t worry guys. Evin if we hide somewhere and pray that’s not a matter.because it is really reasonable that we should just nil down and ask for our almighty father JEHOVAH GOD to hep us in this critical situation. now the question is; is there any problem for worship JEHOVAH GOD?

  • Oscar 5 years ago

    of all thare history and no mention of AFCON final Tunisia 94? You need to restart your research.

  • Destiny bakret 5 years ago

    Nigeria God will help us the scoreline will by God’s grace be 3-1…2 goals from victor moses and 1 odion ighalo…goodluck 9ja

  • Izang Nehemiah 5 years ago

    Nigeria 3-1 Zambia, Ighalo and Victor Moses will be on the scorers sheet….Naija all the way

  • Izang Nehemiah 5 years ago

    Nigeria 3-1 Zambia, Ighalo and Victor Moses will be on the scorers sheet….Naija all the way., Mikel will marshal the midfield once more

  • Joshua ebube 5 years ago

    ebubechukwu Joshua. Nigeria3–zambia.1
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  • Viva chipolopolo go Zambia go

  • kopbe innocent 5 years ago

    up super eagles

  • brian kaluba 5 years ago

    you have said it right 199-7 this is 200-7.7 is our lucky number its unfortunate we didn’t meet in 2007.

  • brian kaluba 5 years ago

    This is 2017 i meant