Ahead of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification clash with the Chipolopolo of Zambia, Super Eagles captain Mikel Obi has assured Nigerians that the players are eager to go to the World Cup and would go all out for a victory against the visiting Zambians to pick the ticket.
Saying that the players have no
need to talk too much before the game on Saturday, Mikel declared that the Super Eagles will make their statement on the field of play.
The Zambians, 2012 Africa Cup of Nations champions are already in Uyo, venue of the encounter to lock horns with the 2013 AFCON champions in a
match of high importance at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.
The crucial encounter will determine the swing of Africa’s Group B ticket to
football’s biggest house party in Russia next year summer.
“We know how important the match is; that is enough motivation to go all out and give our very best. There are several players in this team who have not played at the FIFA World Cup. They want to be there in Russia next year.
“The talking will be done on the pitch. I have no doubt we have the quality to achieve victory, but we will not make the mistake of underrating the Zambians.”
The former Chelsea FC of England enforcer told thenff.com that a good
run in the qualifying campaign has been down to focus, determination and massive support of all Nigerians, and believes the same indices are in place for Saturday.
“We have played four matches in the campaign so far, but this one is
the match. We are fully focused and ready. All we want is the usual
support and encouragement by everyone involved, including the fans who
will turn out at the match venue.”
Table –toppers Nigeria will qualify for a sixth FIFA World Cup appearance with the minimum victory on Saturday.
The match kicks off at 5pm.