Zambia’s Chipolopolo fired up for qualifier against Nigeria’s Super Eagles

Southern African soccer giants Zambia are determined to bag all three points in a tough 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifier against Nigeria at Lusaka at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium on Sunday.

Zambia, who missed out on securing a place at next year’s AFCON tournament in Gabon, must qualify for the World Cup, which will be held in Russia next year, according to the Zambian minister of sports, Moses Mawere.

“The country’s expectation is high, the only hope is the World Cup after failing to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations. I challenge the players and coaches to step up and perform better. We need to beat Nigeria, we can do it,” Mawere said.

Nigeria’s German coach Gernot Roh is confident of winning Sunday’s match, in spite of being hit by a spate of injuries, which have ruled Leon Balogun, Victor Moses and Isaac Moses.

“We go to Zambia to win and (knowing) it will be difficult because Zambia have a good team and like the three other teams in our group, any one of us could qualify for the World Cup. Our scouts watched them against Kenya (in an Afcon qualifier last month) and also noticed that the pitch in Ndola is not good, but it will be the same for both teams.”