A CONFIDENT Zambia Under-23 team has arrived in Abuja certain of beating Nigeria today in the final round, first leg of the All-Africa Games qualifiers.
The Fighton Simukonda-led side left Kenneth Kaunda International Airport on Thursday at 13:00 hours aboard Ethiopian airways.
Midfielder Salulani Phiri said the challenge is in their hands to redeem Zambia from the losing jinx that has characterized Zambia national teams as they take on Nigeria.
Salulani said in an interview on depature that the Under-23 will redeem every loss by other national teams as they will put in their best. The vice-captain said the team had prepared well and the team had deserved a winning formula to beat Nigeria.
“We are well prepared as a team and we are putting all our efforts on making a winning formular to redeem Zambia from the losses,”he said
He admitted that Nigeria was a good side but said Zambia was not intimidated by them despite playing at home. He said a huge burden has been placed on their shoulders but they were not under pressure to deliver.
“The ball is now in our hands to deliver for mother Zambia and redeem ourselves from the losses but we will not be under pressure,” he said. And captain Toaster Nsabata says the team is not shaken by Nigeria’s good record.
“Our team is not shaken by Nigeria’s good record; we are going there to win or draw if things get to the worst,” he said.
He said the team is targeting a win against Nigeria or at worst a draw.
Zambia sailed through the final round automatically after their opponents Madagascar for the second time pulled out of the qualifiers.