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Nigeria v Zimbabwe

Posted by BBC Sports on 2006/01/27 | Views: 542 |

Nigeria v Zimbabwe


Nigeria will still be without captain and influential midfielder Jay-Jay Okocha, as he is nursing a thigh injury.

Kick-off: 1800 GMT
Venue: Port Said Stadium



Nigeria will still be without captain and influential midfielder Jay-Jay Okocha, as he is nursing a thigh injury.


But John Utaka is expected to make the starting line-up in place of Lille forward Osaze Odemwingie , with Kanu once again on the bench.


Zimbabwe will be looking to keep their hopes of qualification for the quarter-finals alive by avoiding defeat against the Super Eagles.


Benjani Mwaruwari and Peter Ndlovu will continue up front for Charles Mhlauri's side.




  • Nigeria forward Kanu:
    "The experienced players in the team like me are here to encourage the younger players, many of whom are only appearing at this tournament for the very first time.

    "We are disappointed that we will not be playing at the World Cup but the Nations Cup is an equally important tournament.


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