Nigeria Will Beat Zambia -Mikel Assures

Posted on October 6, 2016

TAIWO ADELU

during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match between Nigeria and Argentina at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 25, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

The Super Eagles are committed to improving Nigeria’s superior record against Zambia at senior international level, when both teams clash in a 2018 FIFA World Cup African Round 3 qualifying match in Ndola on Sunday.

Skipper Mikel John Obi confirmed on Thursday that the team is ready for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification duels, which will see Nigeria play Zambia away on Sunday and host Algeria on 12 November before four more games next year.

“We are all looking forward to the qualifying matches, starting with Sunday’s game in Zambia. Each and every one of us knows what it means – big battles that we have to win. We are ready for the challenge,” Mikel said.

Nigeria has won six of 16 previous matches with Zambia at international level, drawing five and losing five.

Zambia walloped Nigeria 5-1 in the first–ever encounter, a 1974 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match in Lusaka on 15 July 1973. Nigeria’s 3-2 win in the return leg in Lagos two weeks later was of no effect.

Both teams battled to a 0-0 draw in Accra at the 1978 Cup of Nations, but Zambia then gained two successive 3-0 wins over Nigeria – a friendly in Lusaka in 1981 and a group phase clash at the 1982 Africa Cup of Nations in Libya.

However, the Zambians have not beaten the Eagles in a competitive match in the past 31 years.

Nigeria edged a memorable Africa Cup of Nations final in Tunis in 1994, and then prevailed over the Zambians 5-4 on penalties after a 0-0 draw in the quarter –finals of the 2010 Cup of Nations in Angola.

None of the 16 previous clashes was a World Cup qualifying match.

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