Two quick time goals by Arsenal and Manchester City lads, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho, were all it for Nigeria to seal an important win away to the Chipolopolo of Zambia in Ndola to open their Russia 2018 World Cup ticket case on good footing
The Super Eagles have gone on to amass ten points in four games, drawing only to Cameroon (1-1) away in Yaounde after whipping the Indomitable Lions 4-1 and handing Algeria 2-1 defeat in Uyo.
The Zambians who are at seven points are in Nigeria for the reverse fixture and Coach Weydon Nyirenda is promising the Super Eagles hell and heartache for Nigerians, beating his chest that the Chipolopolo will upturn the fortunes of the Nigerian side and get back to Lusaka with the maximum three points at stake in their pocket.
Nyirenda believes a square up at ten points apiece with Nigeria in Uyo on Saturday will put them in good stead to finally harvest the ticket when they host Cameroon in the final match of the series in Lusaka while Nigeria would be away to Algeria on the last qualification match day.
After their first game loss to Nigeria, the Zambians have gone on to draw Cameroon away in Yaounde and defeated Algeria 3-1 at home in Lusaka and 1-0 away in Algiers. Nyirenda says the upward swing of the team has raised the confidence level of both the players and technical crew of the Zambian side.
Warning that the Super Eagles will encounter a different ball game from the team they beat in Ndola, he explained that the Super Eagles were only lucky to have beaten Zambia in the first outing because he had only resumed as coach of the team just fifteen days to the game and had thus not properly perfected the team.
“We are here in Nigeria for a serious business. Yes we have a lot of respect for the Nigerian players but today we are a different team from the one they defeated last year in Ndola. Before that game I was only 15 days on the job but we are now fortified after overhauling the team. We are very ready to inflict pains on Nigerians by beating your Super Eagles in Uyo and put ourselves in good position to qualify for the World Cup. If your team could beat us in our home, nothing stops us from doing so to you on Saturday in Uyo,” Nyirenda boasted to the press.
“My boys now have the required confidence and that is why we were able to defeat the highly rated Algeria and you know it is not easy to beat such a big team. Nigeria has many big stars in Europe but that will even motivate us more.
“I am confident that my boys will play to form and get the three points at stake. We have a very improved squad different from the team that lost to Nigeria in the first meeting. We are ready to put our youth advantage to use and beat your Eagles.”