Which games:Five things Super Eagles must do to beat Zambia

Which games is important this game between Nigeria and Zambia this world cup qualification?
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will be in a battle with the visiting Chipolopolo of Zambia on Saturday at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo in one of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will be in a battle with the visiting Chipolopolo of Zambia on Saturday at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo in one of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches.
Nigeria presently lead Group B on 10 points while Zambia is second on seven points with Cameroon in a distant third on three points while Algeria lies rock bottom on a point.
Be that as it may, the Eagles need to get a positive result on Saturday to be sure of qualification.
The boys must do the following to ensure victory at the Nest of Champions:
1. John Obi Mikel must be on Song.
The Super Eagles skipper has stepped up his game in recent times, providing leadership from the midfield. He has also contributed some important goals occasionally. He will probably be playing in the advance part of the midfield depending on the formation Coach Gernot Rohr will deploy.
In any ways, the former Chelsea enforcer must bring his experience into play, defend deep and initiate attacks in a swift way to trouble the visitors’ organised defence.
2. Coach Gernot Rohr must bench some important players
The Zambians need victory in the match more than the Eagles, hence they will come out smoking from the start of the game. The Nigerian gaffer must be careful not to be carried away by the form of his team. He must bring wealth of experience into play.


Yes, the Eagles have all the attacking talents to clips of any damage for any defence. However, Coach Rohr should put more emphasis on defence rather than attack.

Pacey players like Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi must not start. A front three of Moses Simon, Victor Moses and Odion Ighalo will do for a start. From his experience in Chelsea, Victor Moses can contribute immensely in both the attacking and defensive formation of the team. Also, Simon Moses has the energy to run the channel while only Ighalo should be left upfront when the hosts are not in possession as the two Moses joins in the defence.
The coach can then make three straight changes in the later minutes of the match by bringing in Iheanacho, Iwobi and Musa to cause the damages.

3. Super Eagles must bring the fans to the party
Nigeria must take full advantage of playing at home. The fans must get involved from the start to the end no matter the performance of the players. They must be the number twelve player and cheer the team on to the end.

The Super Eagles were able to get the maximum points in the first leg in Ndole while playing in front of hostile fans, they should be able to do better with the encouragement from the home fans who are expected to fill up the Godswill Akpabio Stadium to the brim. They must make it difficult for Zambia to concentrate.
4. Underestimate the Zambians at your peril
The greatest mistake the Super Eagles will make on Saturday is to underestimate their visitors. Of course, the Eagles defeated the Chipolopolos 2-1 away but the team has improved dramatically since then.
The Zambians are presently on fire, defeating Algeria 3-1 in Ndole and 1-0 away. It takes a team with character and determination to get such a double over a good Algerian team. Even the Super Eagles who had a fantastic game against the Cameroonians in Uyo was unable to replicate such form in the reverse fixture away.
The Super Eagles must deploy all Arsenal to ensure outright victory on Saturday. No stone must be left unturned.
5. Finally, Nigeria must Pray
After everything have been put in place, Nigeria must pray for luck. Luck plays a very important role in football matches. There have been cases where a team had over 80 percent possession and still taste defeat in such a match.
Super Eagles must pray to have the god of soccer on their side come Saturday evening.
If all these are taken into consideration, the Eagles will be on their flight to Russia after the 90-minute action.
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