Ziyo Tembo: There's nothing special about Nigeria

Ziyo Tembo: There's nothing special about Nigeria
Algerian player Yacine Brahimi (R) fights for the ball with Zambian player Ziyo Tembo (L) during the World Cup 2018 qualifying football match between Algeria and Zambia in Constantine, Algeria on 05 September 2017 © BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Oct 04, 2017. 12:30

Zambia's national team vice skipper, Ziyo Tembo, says there is nothing special about Nigeria and that the West Africans are beatable.

Tembo was speaking ahead of their highly anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Saturday in Uyo, Nigeria.

The Zanaco FC defender says they are not looking at their previous encounters against the Super Eagles, but are looking to get a win.

Zambia last won an encounter against their hosts back in 1997 where they claimed a 2-0 win in an international friendly.

Tembo said Zambia was ready for battle and every player was focused on getting the win to boost their chances of qualifying for the World Cup.

"There is nothing sinister about the Nigeria game, it's a game like any other we have played before,” Tembo said at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.

“Yes they have a good side and have quality players and we can't take that away from them but they are beatable.

"Nigeria's dominance over us is history for we are looking at the future and what will matter most in the game is our application on the pitch.

“We are not inferior to Nigeria, the only difference is that most of our players play in Africa and there's play in Europe."




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