2018 WORLD CUP: See Date For Zambia Vs Nigeria FIFA World Cup Qualifier
Zambia vs Nigeria
Time: sun. 9th Oct 2016
Venue: Levy Mwanawasa Stadium Ndola (ZAM)
As one of Africa’s most consistent sides over the last three decades, Zambia must feel that the time is right for them to reach the FIFA World Cup™. They were a point away from USA 1994, and it was during that campaign that an airplane tragedy killed most of the national team. Since then, they have always been in the mix without ever getting to the brink, losing out to Togo, Egypt, Algeria and Ghana over the years.
The Chipolopolo currently do not have a player of the stature of former African Footballer of the Year Kalusha Bwalya, but they draw strength from their unity and often flamboyant talent. Several of their players have been signed by big-spending TP Mazembe and are gaining valuable experience in the CAF Champions League.
Honor Janza was previously the Technical Director at the FA, but he was known to have worked closely with French coaches Herve Renard and Patrice Beaumelle when the southern African country won their first CAF Africa Cup of Nations title in 2012. Janza took the team to the 2015 AFCON finals, but the side crashed out in the group phase without winning a game.
25 – Russia 2018 will take place a quarter of a century after the Zambian air disaster in which 18 international players and a dozen others were killed.
The former stars
Kalusha Bwalya, Dickson Makwaza, Christopher Katongo, Joseph Musonda, Charles Musonda
After impressing on their way to the second round in each of their first two FIFA World Cup™ appearances, in 1994 and 1998, Nigeria struggled in the finals before again returning to the knockout rounds in 2014. In Brazil they beat fancied Bosnia and Herzegovina before showing well in narrow defeats to eventual finalists Argentina and France. But the most populous nation in Africa always has high expectations, and they have had their eye on a first-ever African spot in the semi-finals for some time.
The Super Eagles camp in Abuja is bubbling with life as players invited for Sunday’s 2018 World Cup Qualifiers away to Zambia are trooping in numbers.
At the last count, at least a dozen from the 23 players expected are already in the Federal Capital Territory, and a host of others are already in the country getting set to join their teammates at the Abuja camp.
PREMIUM TIMES confirmed that Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Musa Muhammed, Carl Ikeme, Elderson Echiejile, Emmanuel Daniel, Ogenyi Onazi arrived in the camp.
Also Jamiu Alimi, Uche Agbo, Chisom Egbuchulam, Nosa Igiebor, Kenneth Omeruo, William Troost Ekong are in the Bolton White Apartment camp.
On the hand, England-based trio of Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi and John Obi Mikel are understood to be in town and may be part of Tuesday morning training session fixed for 10a.m.
The Super Eagles are also expected to have another session by 4p.m. at the Abuja National Stadium.
Preparations are indeed in full throttle for Sunday’s cracker billed for the Levy Nwanawasa Stadium against the Chipolopolo of Zambia.
The Nigeria delegation are expected to depart for Ndola by chartered flight on Friday.
The Zambia Vs Nigeria game will start at 2.30pm Zambia time (1.30pm Nigeria) on Sunday.