Zambia may not be made up of top stars like Nigeria, but coach Wedson Nyirenda said his team will raise their game when they come up against the Super Eagles stars like Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho on Saturday.
Zambia and Nigeria are locked in a qualification race for next year’s World Cup in Russia with Zambia needing to avoid on Saturday in Uyo to keep alive their hopes of snatching a place to football’s showpiece event.
“We don’t believe in big names, we’re just looking positive,” Nyirenda said from his training camp in Accra, Ghana.
“Nigeria have high profile players who are based in Europe, so too Algeria, who were No 1 in Algeria, but we defeated them home and away.
“We now of Victor Moses, Iwobi, Iheanacho, but my players are self-motivated when they play against the big guys.”
The confident coach also said the Eagles will face “a totally different” team from the one they beat 2-1 in Ndola last October.
“We are now a totally different team from the team who Nigeria beat 2-1 at our home.
“We now have a very good team with positive energy.”
The Chipolopolo are due in Nigeria tomorrow from Ghana, where they have been training since Monday.