Coach Wedson Nyirenda has declared Chipolopolo ready to confront Nigeria in Saturday evening’s crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B qualifier away in Uyo at 17:55 C.A.T while the match buildup will start at 17:15 on Supersport 3 and select 1.
First choice goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene and inform striker Patson Daka who limped off from training on Thursday are back and ready for the match.
Nigeria leads Group B with 10 points while Zambia have 7 points with two rounds of matches left to play.
Chipolopolo are out in Nigeria seeking to keep alive their dream of going to Russia.
“Which pressure? Do I look under pressure? I think we are very much ready. We have what it takes to win the match. We have done 90 percent of what we should do,” Nyirenda told journalists in Nigeria on Friday.
He attempted to remain modest ahead of this crunch match in which the Super Eagles will parade Europe based stars as they target a win that will send them to Russia.
‘You Nigerians have all the big names; we do not have the big names. All we have are the 11 players on the pitch. Even the small players can play football,” he said.
Nyirenda added that striker Patson Daka who was reported to be injured is fit for the game.
“Daka is here. He is ok. You cannot play football 100 percent fit. Then you must be an accountant. Small knocks are not injuries. Injuries are part of football,” he said.
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr says their match against Zambia will be bigger than their previous group clash against Cameroon.
“We are looking to collecting a decisive result in our group this weekend. If we win this game on Saturday then we qualify,” Rohr said.
“But we know that Zambia has a good team. They are the U20 AFCON champions and they have a different team to the one we faced in Ndola,” Rohr said.
Nigeria beat Zambia 2-1 last October 9 at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in what is Chipolopolo’s only Group B loss before holding Cameroon to a 1-1 draw in Limbe on match-day-two away last November.
GOALKEEPERS: Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco), Allan Chibwe (Power Dynamos)
DEFENDERS: Simon Silwimba, Fackson Kapumbu (both Zesco United), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Stoppilla Sunzu (Arsenal Tula, Russia), Ziyo Tembo (Zanaco), Isaac Shamujompa (Power Dynamos)
MIDFIELDERS: Chisamba Lungu (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Donashano Malama (Nkana), Kondwani Mtonga, Misheck Chaila , John Ching’andu (Zesco United), Augustine Mulenga (Zanaco), Enock Mwepu (FC Liefering, Austria), Emmanuel, Roderick Kabwe (Ajax Cape Town ,South Africa), Ernest Mbewe (Zanaco)
STRIKERS: Justin Shonga (Orlando Pirates, South Africa), Fashion Sakala (Spartak Moscow, Russia), Alex Ng’onga (Power Dynamos), Patson Daka (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria)