By Tony Ubani
Zambia, Nigeria’s only threat for a ticket to next year’s World Cup in Russia are not stopping at anything to ensure they deny Nigeria the chance of hoisting the Green-white-green flag in Russia.
Still overjoyed by their away win in Algiers,which shot them to second place in group B of the qualifiers with 7 points, the Chipolopolo have concluded plans to camp in Europe to prepare for their crunchy tie against the Super Eagles in Uyo on October 7.
Chipolopolo coach Wedson Nyirenda was quoted on arrival from Constatine, Algeria that he would like to see his team have an intensive training camp in Europe ahead of their must win match in Uyo.
The back to back wins against Algeria has sparked the burning desire in Zambia that they can get a win in Nigeria to join the Super Eagles at the top of Group B with 10 points before hosting Cameroon at home where they expect to win and top the group with 13 points.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga confirmed that, “we have asked the technical bench to draw a training programme for the next game and where we can camp the team”.
“We have plans of camping the team in Europe for adequate preparations and again it is easier for the team to connect to Nigeria and also for the foreign-based players to travel for the game.”
FAZ had earlier this year camped the Zambia U20 team in Spain in February ahead of their successful hosting of the 2017 U-20 AFCON that they won in March.
The Zambia Under-20 again returned to Spain for three weeks in late April en route to the FIFA U20 World Cup in South Korea where they reached the quarterfinals.
While the Zambians are dreaming their dreams, Nigeria’s coach Gernot Rohr who has maintained a clean slate in the qualifiers has termed the October match as a ‘’big fight’’ that would see Nigeria qualify with a match to go. Nigeria defeated Chipolopolo 2-1 last October in Ndola, but the Zambians have since rebuilt the team by injecting several exciting players from the last U-20 World Cup with amazing success.