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Nyirenda: I’m Proud of Chipolopolo Despite Defeat To Super Eagles

Nyirenda: I’m Proud of Chipolopolo Despite Defeat To Super Eagles

By Johnny Edward (photos by Ganiyu Yusuf) in Uyo:

Zambia coach, Wedson Nyirenda, says he is proud of his side despite their 1-0 defeat to the Super Eagles of Nigeria in Saturday’s FIFA World Cup qualifier in Uyo, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

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Nyirenda rues the Chipolopolo loss to the Super Eagles which ended their hopes of qualifying for their first ever World Cup.

The win sees Nigeria record 13 unassailable points from a possible 15 to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, six points adrift Zambia. The last Group B fixtures in November are now mere formalities.

Nyirenda congratulates the Nigerian team, adding that the Uyo match wasn’t an easy task for the three time African Champions.

“We want to congratulate the people of Nigeria for qualifying for the World Cup. It was not an easy game, just like the first one,” Nyirenda tells Completesportsnigeria.com.

“I think the game was a game of wits, like the first one because the difference was just a goal.


“We played the game dominating Nigeria, but with their experience, they got the needed goal from the half chance they created.

“We had so many injuries in the team, but inspite of that, we accounted for a good game and played very well. This is the best game in the qualifying series.

“Our objective has been to rebuild the team in a very short period of time. We had the nucleus of the team in short time. Very discipline and hardworking after one year.”

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  • Temitope Adeola 5 years ago

    Oga coach, you can say whatever you like for all I care but you didn’t fulfill you promise of inflicting pains on Nigeria. I think God opposed your pride even with your so young team like you claim. Try next hmmmmm. Take the next available flight to you country first thing tomorrow morning. Chipolopolo.

  • that Zambian team can be good but I think the coach should lacked tactics and the is definitely the coaches fault. The fact that they didn’t have tactics was the reason it took Nigeria long to break them down, if not the win would have been bigger than that. in conclusion despite all their rough and meaningless style of play (GRAGRA) the still lost.

  • that Zambian team can be good but I think the coach should sacked because they lacked tactics and that is definitely the coaches fault. The fact that they didn’t have tactics was the reason it took Nigeria long to break them down, if not the win would have been bigger than that. in conclusion despite all their rough and meaningless style of play (GRAGRA) the still lost.

  • Oniwide Olanisinmi J 5 years ago

    Am expecting complete sport crews to redeem their pledge. I predicted the outcome of the match correctly. Am waiting 08066338114

    • Okeren Kelvin 5 years ago

      There are about 61 persons who predicted the outcome of the match correctly. Only ten will win the prize.

  • Excuses,excuses,excuses! I knew that will be the theme of this coach’s post match comments.He presented a bunch of young,determined,adventurous players against an highly experienced/exposed mixture of old and fairly young super eagles,and he expects to win? Impossible! I knew that when the chips are down,sound technique will win it for Nigeria.Coach,this is not how to boast before a crucial match.Better luck next time.

  • Yeah, consolation from the Zambian coach after so much noise on how they were going to beat Nigeria. Football is not altheletism but conversion of opportunities which the Nigerian team has been quite good at. To claim the home and away result were quite tough is to be insincere. The scoreline speaks for itself in the matches this coach is referring to. I agree that the Zambian team is a team for the future and could give Nigeria a credible challenge in the future but not now. They confuse runs with great performance.

  • People keep talking about future, Awaziem, Aina,Shehu, Ebuehi, Iheanacho, Iwobi, Simon, Ekong are future players too, we are still expecting onyekuru, bazee, Dressers and co.even in the so call future, we’ll be waiting.

    • Donshizzy 5 years ago

      Badt guy. Even I future, they still don’t stand s Chance with what you listed

  • omo9ja 5 years ago

    First of all, Alhamdulilah. All praises due to God. Congratulations Nigeria. For Zambia coach, Super Eagles has putting them to where they belong to lol. It’s calls for celebrations guys. Russia 2018 world cup, here we come. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • It is now I believe all the mouth this man was making were just mind games. We will forgive you and forget too. As you said your team played again an experienced team. Add discipline too it. We are now friends and to speak the truth we will support this team against another team except when they are playing against Nigeria. We love the way you play. Nigerians love good football game. You made us enjoy one. Well done. Continue to tweak the team and they will be difficult to beat. Hope to see you in the Nations Cup. Congratulations to you. Congratulations to Super Eagles. Like our one time head of state said one time ago “No Victory, No Vaguest.”

  • To God be the glory that Nigeria has qualified for Russia 2018, but next time this Zambia coach and his players should Learn how to win games before celebrating, the way they were talking before the game one might think they are the group B leader. All the same I love the challenge u gave the supper eagle, u made them to fly high. Welcome boys to Russia.

  • Tgrace 5 years ago

    October 7, 2017 at 8:59 pm
    I have to commend the Zambian team for a spectacular performance. This team can stand it off e ok with any team in Africa, Asia, south America minus Brazil, North America, Oceania, Europe except Germany’ Spain, France and Italy. That mouthy coach has done a hell of a job and hr should be retained to continue his fine work. This team should be in the Nations cup. It will be sad if the are not there and some less fancied team go there. I love this team. All the hostility between the fans are over. We are now friends. I believe some of the players will be taken to Europe. I will have to force myself to like the coach after all the nasty things he said about our country. He has to prove that all what he said were just mind games. Congrats Chipolopolo aka copper bullet. Congrats Super Eagles aka Super Chicken. Lol

    • the outsider 5 years ago

      Well, morning to all super eagles supporters, by the way, they are no longer flightless birds but super flying eagles to land in Russia. That was a good game. I enjoyed the tension and well done to Nigeria. Of course, we gonna support them at the world cup no hard feelings. It was always going to be difficult for Zambia to win in Uyo. I think most of the chipolopolo fans knew that we probably had 1% chance to record a win but the goal difference was huge and a thorn in the flesh. Either way, Nigeria would still make to Russia. At least the hype brought some excitement to all football lovers. All the best in Russia and you know we love you.

  • Awotoye Niyi 5 years ago

    Now its d time 4 serious preparation. SOLID N STANDARD FRIENDLIES NEEDED TO GET D RIGHT TEAM 4 WORLD CUP

  • harrison donald 5 years ago

    I think they gave a good fight. The game was keenly contested. I am proud of the super Eagles for doing it again. The world cup preparation should start now

  • Larry 5 years ago

    Supereagles should start playing friendlies with though countries in Europe and the Americans

  • Ayodele Oloyede 5 years ago

    Kudos to your team for a good fight. Better luck next time, against another team though. Nigeria will always be your Masters

  • Enya, Samuel O 5 years ago

    Away and home wins over them show that our win this 7th is not by fluke, we can and will win them Again if given the chance. When I predicted the game 1-0 on this site, I was sure knowing fully well that they will be very mindful of their defence-we played them in their own half though they were given the possession because we had much incorrect passes. Up Eagles for what is written is WRITTEN.

  • 90minutes 5 years ago

    Remember to to the ref also

  • Bomboy 5 years ago

    You are proud of them because you are glad they didn’t concede as much as Cameroun did in our hands. Your pre match boasts were mere mind games. You knew you would lose to the Super Eagles.

  • Onyeagoro Johnson Chima 5 years ago

    The eagles should also win the game against Algeria because of fifa ranking which will be used for the world cup draw in November to avoid strong opposition.

  • IWOBI 5 years ago

    Nigeria is actually not any superior to Zambia.The record shows.Its almost see-saw kind of level for these two teams especially with a re-organised Zambian team.So stop ranting too much.You still have to prove your strength at the World cup.Its not just mere qualification.Go there to leave an indelible mark.We will support Nigeria since they are one of us.We want you guys to reach the Final of the W-Cup.The Nigerian team should focus on a much higher prize at the coming W-cup.Its useless qualifying many times and doing nothing.

  • tolubabami 5 years ago

    I Congratulated Nigerian to Russ’s

  • remember that Zambia was denied a clear goal. Nigeria will be kicked out in the group stage at the world cup.you are just going there to worst government money.shame saved by a day referee