Chipolopolo take on Super Eagles in World Cup qualifier

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14523199_1130172430371800_8303414504561552512_nZambia is set to begin it’s journey to the Russia 2018 World Cup with a mouth-watering Group B clash with the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola Sunday afternoon.

The 2012 African champions face an uphill battle to secure their maiden appearance at the world’s biggest football event, having been drawn in the same group as Algeria, Cameroon and Sunday’s opponents – teams that have graced the world stage on several occasions.

Coach Wedson Nyirenda rejects any notion of his Chipolopolo side being afraid of the star-studded Nigerian side boasting several European based players, saying his team, which has a combination of local and foreign-based players, is in fact motivated by the composition of the Super Eagles.

“I think that the composition of the team [Nigeria] would even be an advantage to us because it motivates the players before they play the game. I know Chipolopolo; when you think they have gone low, that’s when they come up and when you look at the way we are preparing, we look set and we are aiming high,” Nyirenda said.

And Nyirenda says his aim is to collect maximum points in all three home matches and control away matches to secure a first ever World Cup appearance.

“The most important thing and what we are working on is to make our home a fortress, meaning win at home and try to control the game outside. That’s what we are aiming to do and if we get a draw away, it is well also because we would have stopped the other team from getting points on us and stop them from going on top of us.”

He said he was impressed with the attitude of senior players towards local players in camp.

“The competition is so high but what I like the most is the attitude of senior players, the way the professionals are accommodating and helping the young ones, it is so good,” he said.

Nyirenda will count on the experienced heads of 2012 Afcon heroes Rainford Kalaba (c), Stophira Sunzu, Nathan Sinkala and Collins Mbesuma, while the likes of Clatous Chama will add some youthful exuberance.

Meanwhile, Nigeria Coach Gernot Rohr says he knows the Zambian team very well and has prepared his team adequately to get the three points.

The 2013 African Champions have several European based stars in their ranks such as captain John Obi Mikel of English Premier League side Chelsea, Kelechi Inheacho of Manchester City, Alex Iwobi of Arsenal and Leicester City’s Ahmed Musa, among others. Chelsea’s Victor Moses will miss the tie through injury.

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6 Responses to Chipolopolo take on Super Eagles in World Cup qualifier

  1. Chipolopolo shoot down the eagles today

    Mj banda
    October 9, 2016 at 5:01 am
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  2. Its true chipolopolo ve always done us the best when we never expected them. Chipolopolo please go forward, reverse never ever

    Sanks
    October 9, 2016 at 7:00 am
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  3. The only problem is, the game will be watched by a forged president. There is no gallant for a victory. Mark my word. I support chipolopolo but the now awe sure. There is less rigging in football.

    mwale
    October 9, 2016 at 7:14 am
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  4. Two zero chansoni wooooo

    kuwunda
    October 9, 2016 at 2:26 pm
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  5. Tefintu zo`ona na bola ilekana!

    manluche
    October 9, 2016 at 4:20 pm
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  6. You rig election but not football

    kabiki Foloko
    October 10, 2016 at 6:40 am
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