Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho has expressed confidence ahead of the crucial 2018 World Cup Qualifier against the chipolopolo of Zambia at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, on 7th October.
Nigeria head into Saturday’s fixture top of Group B with (10pts) after four games knowing a win automatically secures qualification to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Iheanacho who joined former premier league champions, Leicester city in the summer believes the level of professionalism in the team makes what seems a difficult fixture – surmountable.
“When you are playing professional football, the confidence will always be there to face your opponent. Personally, I have the confidence and so does everyone in the team. It will be a tough game for us, but we would do our best to win and go through.” – Iheanacho
The last encounter between these teams ended in favor of the Super Eagles with Kelechi Iheanacho scoring an unusual goal in the 43rd minute to help record a (2-1) win at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Ndola.
Joshua Bondo, a 39 –year old referee from Botswana who has been an international arbiter for the past 10 years, will take charge of the fixture.
The third round results so-far for the Eagles:
- Zambia 1–2 Nigeria (Mbesuma Goal 71′ – Iwobi Goal 33′, Iheanacho Goal 43′)
- Nigeria 3–1 Algeria (Moses Goal 25′, 90+2′, Mikel Goal 42′ – Brahimi Goal 53′)
- Nigeria 4–0 Cameroon (Ighalo Goal 29′, Mikel Goal 42′, Moses Goal 55′, Iheanacho Goal 76′)
- Cameroon 1–1 Nigeria (Aboubakar Goal 75′ (pen.) – Simon Goal 30′