Former Super Eagles’ midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju has lambasted the Zambian national team for bragging that they will get all three points in the Russia 2018 qualifier against Nigeria, saying that talking tough does not count in football.
The ‘Headmaster’. As he was fondly called during his hay days in the Super Eagles, said he was confident in the ability of Nigeria to beat the Chipolopolo of Zambia when they meet in Uyo next month.
The former Racing Santander star who is no stranger to the World Cup, having played in the in the 1994 and 1998 editions, said the Zambians can continue boasting while Nigeria will do the playing and winning on the field.
“I listened to the Zambia coach saying his boys will come to Nigeria and shock the Eagles come next week and even opened an early camp before the game, but I tell you it’s funny to me because Cameroon also made this same insinuation before the game last month and were taken to the cleaners by the Super Eagles in the last game in Uyo.
“In fact, I want to urge all Nigerians to start planning for the trip to Russia next year because, Nigeria will thrash the Zambians next week in Uyo.”
Adepoju said he was particularly impressed with the players called up for the game, saying there was no need to change a winning team.
“When I saw the list, I was impressed because the team is very strong and formidable and just like the last game against Cameroon, I expect an almost similar line-up with the exception of just one aspect of the defence that should be checked going into the crucial encounter, which I believe can be improved on.
“I believe the last line-up was good and if a team is winning, there is absolutely nothing wrong in maintaining it. The only thing is, where they are little lapses, the coaches should work on them in order for it not to be exploited by the Zambians,” Adepoju said.
Nigeria will host Zambia in Uyo on October 7th and a win or a draw will guarantee a 6th World Cup appearance.