Nigeria men’s national team captain Mikel John Obi has declared that their opponents in the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifying game at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on 7 October will be approached with seriousness.
The Super Eagles defeated their Zambian opponents Chipolopolo 2-1 in the first meeting in Group B in October 2016, but Mikel now feels that the Zambians “have a new spirit” having held Cameroon to a 1-1 draw in Limbe and then beat Algeria home and away this September.
The Tianjin TEDA midfielder however believes that the momentum is with the Super Eagles who sit pretty on top of Group B with a three-point margin over second-placed Zambia.
“It is time we wrap this up,” Mikel told thenff.com.
“I must admit that I applaud the resurgence of the Zambians this late in the qualifiers. Beating Algeria home and away is no mean feat. We will take them very serious on 7th October because they clearly have a new spirit.”
The 30-year-old also explained why Nigeria have enjoyed a near flawless outing in the World Cup qualification for Africa.
He listed “professionalism, dedication and determination” for their impressive outing in the race to reach the World Cup adding that head coach Gernot Rohr deserves “commendations.”
“We have all shown professionalism, dedication and determination to be at the pole position in a group tagged ‘Group of Death.’
“Commendations must go to the entire team and the Coach, but we must finish it up in Uyo and secure our ticket right there,” said Mikel.
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