As the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers get underway next month, former Zambian striker Zeddy Saileti insists Chipolopolo can beat Nigeria.
The Post of Zambia quotes the striker as claiming that the Super Eagles are beatable, despite saying they are a big name in continental football.
Zambia are chasing their maiden appearance in the World Cup and are set to welcome Nigeria on October 9 as they kick start their qualifiers en route to Russia.
Saileti was in the team that lost 2-1 to the Super Eagles during the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations final in Tunisia.
“I think that Nigeria is a big team, it’s a big name in African football but they are beatable, there is no need to fear them,” said Saileti.
“We have failed to qualify to the Africa Cup and they have also failed, they may have the players in Europe but the truth is, they have not been doing well in recent years.
“Now we have a new technical bench which means we just have to prepare very well, work very hard and if we work hard, we can win.
“You only lose or win on the pitch, so I can only encourage the players to put in everything, prepare well and we can surely make it, there is always the first time.”
The Football Association of Zambia announced last week that new assistant coach, Wedson Nyirenda will be the caretaker coach.
However, FAZ are yet to appoint a new coach and the former Ferroviario de Beira coach will be in the hot seat against Nigeria.