A dominant Nigeria booked a COPA Coca-Cola African Cup quarter last place following a 3- gain in excess of Zimbabwe in a group B match performed on December 12, 2018 at Nakuru Substantial University in Kenya.
Coming into the experience off the back of a disappointing reduction in their final match from Zambia, Nigeria had been in will need of a self-confidence-creating general performance and a contest versus having difficulties Zimbabwe was just the raise they required.
Gilbert Igwe’s Nigeria facet always appeared a course above and remaining the East Africans surprised by the gulf and their silky enjoy as they strolled to victory. Nigeria were being far too powerful for Zimbabwe to consist of and Matenga’s gentlemen succumbed to the oppositions excellent. Both of those Nigeria’s blistering tempo and the intelligent passing of the ball ended up as well dynamic for Zimbabwe to even plan and get a superior reaction throughout.
Zimbabwe didn’t create a lot heading ahead with attackers Kawere Trymore and Muzengeza Keith unsuccessfully seeking to breach Nigeria protection.
The East Africans enhanced late in the match but the details had currently been secured by Nigeria, Chukwuemeka Prosper opened the scoring for Nigeria 5 minutes right before halftime, while Gift Williams and Lekan Omodara accomplished the scoring in the second fifty percent.
“I am content that we have capable now but we have to enhance since we are heading to the knockouts. We have to do far better in defending, midfield and even in assault in our next game, we had been not at our finest,” Nigeria coach Gilbert Igwe said.
“We misplaced to a better team. Nigeria was the much better facet and congratulations to them, they deserved to gain. These boys are really young and I consider such a tournament will enable condition their careers as footballers. I thank Coca-Cola for arranging this event and urge them to continue with the similar spirit,” Zimbabwe coach Bernard Matenga added.
This end result makes sure Nigeria and Zimbabwe qualify to the quarter-finals from the group. The Nigerian crew will be taking part in South Africa in the quarter-finals on Thursday 13th December. You can stick to Coca-Cola Nigeria’s Instagram tales (@cocacola_ng) for serious-time updates.