Former Nigeria international Victor Ikpeba has singled out defender Kenneth Omeruo to receive the blame for giving the Zambia national team hope during their 2-1 loss to Nigeria on Sunday.
The Chipolopolo lost their first game of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers in front of home fans as the Super Eagles claimed all three points with goals in the first half.
The Zambians fought hard to get back in the game and the Nigerian defense bulged in the 70th minute after a defensive error by Chelsea player Omeruo gifted Collins Mbesuma a glorious chance to score and pile more pressure on the Super Eagles.
Ikpeba took time to praise goalkeeper Carl Ikeme for his heroics but opined that Omeruo’s “timing was poor” and it led to the goal conceded.
“He’s (Kenneth Omeruo) timing was poor. The goalkeeper had not fault. He should have cleared his lines,” Ikpeba said during his analysis on television after the game.
“Ikeme was brilliant in goal for the Eagles and the Zambians didn’t play well in the first half and could not curtail the nice inter-play of the Nigerian forwards Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi and Mikel Obi.”
The win ended Zambia’s invincibility at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium. Nigeria will host Algeria in their next game on the 7th of November.