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Nigeria ousts Zambia in shootout
by Paul Kennedy, January 26th, 2010 7AM



[AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS] Veteran goalie Vincent Enyeama was the difference for Nigeria in its Africa Cup of Nations quarterfinal match against Zambia, stopping one penalty kick and scoring the final one himself to lead the Super Eagles into the semifinals against Ghana with a 5-4 shootout win.

Enyeama, who has starred for Israeli club Hapoel Tel Aviv since 2007, stopped Thomas Nyrienda's penalty kick to decide the shootout, which followed a scoreless draw after 120 minutes.

"I just thank God," said Enyeama. "It was a crazy game -- a difficult one for us. They are a very good team -- believe me, they have a great future."

Zambia, which won Group D, was the better team in a game with few chances.


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