Goalkeeper saves Zambia with late Afcon penalty

Zambian goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene scored an 85th minute penalty to give them a 1-1 draw with Nigeria.

File: Zambian goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene scored an 85th minute penalty to give them a 1-1 draw with Nigeria on 25 February 2013. Picture: AFP

NELSPRUIT - Champions Zambia saved themselves from defeat and possible elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) when goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene scored an 85th minute penalty to give them a 1-1 draw with Nigeria at the Mbombela Stadium on Friday.

Earlier, Nigeria became the fourth successive team in the finals to miss a penalty against Zambia when John Obi Mikel struck the post with a 25th-minute spotkick before Nigeria took the lead in the Group C heavyweight clash in the 57th minute.

The goal came when when Emmanuel Emineke collected a ball from Mikel and created space for himself to fire low past Mweene for his second goal of the competition.

The open, attacking match on a rock-hard pitch was the third successive 1-1 draw in the group and left Zambia and Nigeria with two points from their opening two matches. Burkina Faso and Ethiopia will play each other in the same stadium at 8pm. 

TEAMS FOR THE AFCON GROUP C MATCH BETWEEN BURKINA FASO AND ETHIOPIA AT NELSPRUIT'S MBOMBELA STADIUM ON FRIDAY:

Burkina Faso: 16-Abdoulaye Soulama; 5-Mohamed Koffi, 4-Bakary Kone, 8-Paul Koulibaly, 12-Mady Panandetiguiri; 6-Djakaridja Kone, 18-Charles Kabore, 11-Jonathan Pitroipa, 10-Alain Traore, 20-Wilfried Sanou; 15-Aristide Bance

Ethiopia: 23-Zerihun Tadelle; 2-Degu Debebe, 10-Birhanu Bogale, 5-Aynalem Hailu, 17-Seyum Tesfaye; 8-Asrat Megersa, 14-Minyahile Teshome, 18-Shimelese Bekele, 21-Addis Hintsa; 19-Adane Girma, 7-Saladin Seid