Keshi notches first Eagles win
Zambia skipper Chris Katongo (left) is tackled by Dele Adeleye Tuesday in Kaduna
The Uche brothers, Kalu and Ikechukwu, scored in either half of an exciting clash dominated by the visiting Chipolopolo, who controlled the midfield with TP Mazembe star Rainford Kalaba really catching the eye.
At a time in the game, Zambia enjoyed 65% of the possession as the Nigerian defence, which looked very confident and organised at the weekend against Botswana, was ran ragged by the nimble-footed Zambians for most part of this encounter.
There were Nigeria debuts for Ugo Ukah and NPL hotshot Jude Aneke, who incidentally features for local club Kaduna United.
Kalu Uche opened scoring after just nine minutes. Fengor Ogude picked out speedster Ahmed Musa, who cut back for the older Uche to stab home into an opening net.
However, this goal seemed to galvanise the Zambians instead as they attacked their opponents ceaselessly.
The impressive Kalaba’s shot from outside the box beat goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama in the 37th minute, but it also missed its mark to the relief of the full house at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.
This was just moments after an audacious effort by Emmanuel Emenike at the other end of the pitch would have extended his team’s lead, but for the alertness of goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.
Zambia made several changes going into the second half with the likes of Clifford Mulenga, Isaac Chansa and James Chamanga joining the fray.
They constantly asked questions of the Joseph Yobo-led defence but some how could not find the back of the net.
Chamanga, Chris Kotongo and the ever-lively Kalaba all had chances to draw Zambia level, but failed to do so.
And just when it seemed that the game would end with a lone goal victory for Nigeria, Ikechukwu Uche stepped up to deal a big blow to Chipolopolo, when he combined well around the vital area before he fired a low shot past a diving Mweene.