Its President, Amaju Pinnick, who noted that there is tendency for Super Eagles to be tensed and uptight for the crucial match against Zambia, said the team should take full control of the match from the begining and also take advantage of scoring chances without being too anxious.
“The tendency is for teams to get uptight and tensed for this kind of match. I have spoken to them and the approach should be to take full control from the beginning and take the chances that come withoutbeing too anxious.
Pinnick, charged the team to approach Saturday’s match with similar gesture that paved the way for the squad to defeat the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, in the Russia twenty- eighteen FIFA Wolrd Cup qualifiers.
“We defeated the African champions, Cameroon, by maintaining focus and with the team imposing its game and taking the chances that came their way. That should be the approach for Saturday.”
It was 32 years ago that Zambia last tasted victory against Nigeria in a competitive football match at senior level.
In all the eighteen matches both nations played against each other, Nigeria has won seven matches while Zambia defeated Nigeria five times as both teams played score- draw in six matches.
Saturday’s match, is the only second FIFA World Cup qualifiers between both nations where Nigeria won the first leg in Ndola, in twenty- sixteen.
Zambia last tasted victory against Nigeria in a competitive football
match at senior level 32 years ago.
There have been 18 matches in all, with the Eagles winning seven, Zambia winning five and six draws. But this is only the second FIFA World Cup qualifying match between the two teams, the first won by the Super Eagles in Ndola last year.