Zambia manager Wedson Nyirenda has told his troops that they have the quality to beat the Super Eagles in their Group B Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier in Uyo on October 7 and boost their chances of qualifying for the biggest football tournament for the first time.
But Nyirenda says Chipolopolo will have to work their socks off to realise the dream of reaching the Russia 2018 finals.
Nigeria lead Group B on 10 points while Zambia, who were beaten 2-1 at home by the Eagles last year, are second on seven points with Cameroun lying third on three points. Algeria are last in the table on one point.
And Nyirenda, whose squad for the Uyo encounter is dominated by domestic league stars, said after putting the squad through their paces at the at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on Tuesday they must believe in themselves.
“The game will be highly psychological, therefore we are working on their mental strength before the match,” the former Chipolopolo player was quoted as saying in the Football Association of Zambia’s Twitter account.
“Every player and everyone on our bench knows and believes that this time is our time. God can only show you the fish and it up to you to fish it out.”
He added, “Looking at the way we worked against Algeria home and away it tells a lot of stories. The boys now know and believe it can be done. Nigeria is a different team we are not going to be bigheaded because we beat Algeria we are focussed on looking at Nigeria only.”
Nyirenda, who helped Zambia earn back-to-back victories over Algeria, urged the fans to rally behind the team ahead of the clash.
“Let us keep pulling in one direction, we are all Zambians we need to work together. Now we know how it feels when we are working together,” he said.
“When we took the game against Algeria to the b Heroes Stadium we had so many doubting Thomasses, yet we saw the people of Zambia despite having that slight fear that we were playing a North African team coming in masses and supported the team.”
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