Super Eagles’ captain Mikel John Obi says declared although the three –time African champions have respect for 2012 AFCON winners Zambia, the total commitment to ensuring early qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals will see Nigeria wrap up the campaign next weekend.

Captain Mikel, who has had a marvelous run in the qualifying series, playing commendable leadership role, told thenff.com that he is fully dedicated to the assignment of leading his teammates out on the turf of Godswill Akpabio Stadium to secure the sole ticket in Group B on 7th October.

“I must admit that I applaud the resurgence of the Zambians this late in the qualifiers. Beating Algeria home and away is no mean feat. We will take them very serious on 7th October because they clearly have a new spirit. It is time we wrap this up.”

Speaking further on the relative smooth –run the Eagles have had in this campaign compared to earlier FIFA World Cup qualifying races, the former Chelsea FC of England midfielder pin –pointed professionalism, determination and ambition as the factors that have swung the pendulum Nigeria’s way, whilst also heaping praises on Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr.

“We have all shown professionalism, dedication and determination to be at the pole position in a group tagged ‘Group of Death.’

“Commendations must go to the entire team and the Coach, but we must finish it up in Uyo and secure our ticket right there.”



  1. It is a foregone conclusion. Zambia has not yet reached international levels in football. Even in theft Nigerians can whack them.

  2. Wat a joke 4rm OBI thy shouldn’t 4get dat itz Zambia whom their will b playing with ZAMBIA go out there n show them wat u gat 4 them n thy shouldn’t involv BOKO HARAM wen we beat them Obi iz a goalkeeper nt a jersery 11-10 player He should stop baking

  3. We say “mwamuna muzako ni pachulu, malinga uta kwelapo” Translation, “Your fellow man is an anthill, as long as you go over it”. Which means, you can not say to your fellow man I will bit you before you the fight starts. Test him out first and see how he throws his blows then you can conclude that you will be able to bit him. Football is on the pitch on that material day!!!

    • But we had bitten you in your country at the start of the qualifiers. Also, we’ve bee defeating Zambia in the last 20 years. Furthermore, your coach has been the one boasting, not showing respect to the opposition.His loquacious stance will bring out the best in our Team and we will beat Zambia handsomely on October 7 .I am so happy Zambia defeated Algeria because the defeats have made Zambia(and the boastful coach) overconfident.Finally, the Team you have put together is weak and will be your major undoing. Mark it, Zambia will lose to both Nigeria and Cameroon. October 7 is just next weekend.

  4. I thought it was only Nigerian fans that have been bragging, I neva knew Zambian fans have been boasting like this too. It’s ok. Nigerians are waiting 4 u in Uyo.

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