Former Nigeria international and FIFA U-17 World Cup- winning coach, Emmanuel Amunike, has cautioned the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), not to underestimate the Chipolopolo of Zambia ahead of next month’s crucial World Cup qualifier in Uyo.
Amunike, who spoke exclusively to AOIFootball.com, said: “The fact that the Zambian’s are beginning to plan in earnest for the match by sending their CHAN and COSAFA squads to Spain and Ghana for training camps before the match against the Super Eagles, shows clearly that they know how important the match will be.”
He also added that the NFF needs to also make sure all logistics are put in place because Nigerians won’t want to hear excuses if anything goes wrong.
“It’s one thing to adequately prepare for a match and its another thing to deliver on the match day. I am 100% confident that the Super Eagles will comfortably dispatch Zambia, but you know it’s football where anything can happen. So, we must also prepare well and monitor the Zambians in their training camps to know what they are up to so we won’t be caught unawares,” Amunike said.
The Super Eagles will take on the Chipolopolo of Zambia on October 7 in Uyo when the World cup qualifiers resume.
Nigeria defeated Zambia 2-1 in Lusaka last year when both sides met in the first leg of the qualifiers with goals from England-based duo of Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho.