ENTERPRISING midfielder Bruce Musakanya says the return leg against Nigeria is a must-win to qualify to the All-Africa Games slated for September 4-19.
Musakanya who was part of the senior Chipolopolo squad that participated in the 2015 Equatorial Guinea Africa Cup of Nations said the team was doing its best to beat the West Africans.
He said after morning training session yesterday at Independence Stadium that he was happy to be back in training after missing the away game due to an ankle injury.
Musakanya said injuries were normal in football and he would ensure he made it up to the Zambians for missing the first leg.
“I am very happy I have recovered and will be part of the team for the return leg. I would have loved to play in Nigeria but injuries in football are normal,” he said.
Musakanya said the team was preparing adequately and would not leave any stone unturned as they prepare for the Super Eagles.
“The return leg against Nigeria is a must win to qualify to the All-Africa Games.
I know it won’t be easy but we can do it,” he said.
Musakanya promised the Zambian fans a good performance and that he will ensure he finds the back of the net.
He further urged the fans to turn up in numbers to support the team as they fight for a place slated for in the All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville.
“As a team we need to work extra hard and beat Nigeria, it will be tough but we must win and qualify to Congo Brazzaville,” he said.
Meanwhile Coach Fighton Simukonda said his lads were shaping up well in readiness for the battle against Nigeria slated for National Heroes Stadium on April 11.
Simukonda said 20 players have reported to camp out of the 26 summoned for the decisive game.
He further expressed happiness that all the players summoned were enjoying a clean bill of health.
“Twenty have so far reported for camp. I will be expecting the foreign-based players to join the team by next week Sunday,” said Simukonda.
Gate charges for the game have been pegged at K25 all round and K200 for the VIP.