We are ready for Chipolopolo — Rohr
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, says the team is ready for the battle against the Chipolopolo of Zambia tomorrow in Ndola.
The Eagles had a training session yesterday morning in Abuja to afford the players enough time to rest ahead of their departure to Zambia 4am this morning.
Super Eagles’ media officer, Toyin Ibitoye told The Guardian yesterday that Rohr decided to allow the players train early yesterday to avoid any ‘form of inconvenience’ for the players ahead the trip.
He said that the players are 100 percent ready for the match. “The Eagles trained early Friday to be fit enough for Saturdays trip to Zambia. The coach has said that he has no worriers about Zambia. All necessary logistics to make the players deliver in Ndola have been settled. Nigerians should pray for the team,” he said.
According to thenff.com, Nigeria has won six of 16 previous matches with Zambia at international level, drawing five and losing five.
Zambia walloped Nigeria 5-1 in the first –ever encounter, a 1974 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match in Lusaka on 15th July 1973. Nigeria’s 3-2 win in the return leg in Lagos two weeks later was of no effect.
Both teams battled to a 0-0 draw in Accra at the 1978 Cup of Nations, but Zambia then gained two successive 3-0 wins over Nigeria – a friendly in Lusaka in 1981 and a group phase clash at the 1982 Africa Cup of Nations in Libya.
However, the Zambians have not beaten the Eagles in a competitive match in the past 31 years.
Nigeria edged a memorable Africa Cup of Nations final in Tunis in 1994, and then prevailed over the Zambians 5-4 on penalties after a 0-0 draw in the quarter –finals of the 2010 Cup of Nations in Angola.
None of the 16 previous clashes was a World Cup qualifying match.