Nigeria V Zambia Clash - It's Fire for Fire - Mikel

Delia Watkins
October 8, 2017

He applauded the nation's senior men's football team for the feat of making Nigeria the first African country to qualify for Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament, with a match left to play.

This Saturday, October 7, 2017 (9:00 AM Pacific) Nigeria will host Zambia at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium for a match in the CAF 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Super Eagles, who enjoyed an impressive qualifying campaign, top their group with 13 points, six over second-placed Zambia.

Gernot Rohr's side, group B leaders, face second-placed Chipolopolo in a must-win duel in Uyo as both teams eye a ticket to the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup.

"The current squad has players who can score at any given opportunity and the boys are in good form coming into this match". He believes that despite the fine form of the three times African champions, Zambia can pull the plug off the feet of the home side.

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Only the five group winners qualify from Africa.

Egypt will qualify from Group E if they beat Congo later on Saturday - they have not played at the World Cup since 1990. Their only match not to win was a 1-1 draw away to Cameroon.

"We were lucky that Iwobi came off the bench to make the difference", said Nigeria's German coach Gernot Rohr.

In the 36th minute, Zambia striker Alex Ngonga, whose pace troubled the Nigeria defence throughout, forced goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa to parry the ball behind for a corner. He was the best keeper at the recent WAFU tourney in Ghana.

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