Chipolopolo coach, Wedson Nyirenda has declared that he has a team that can beat the Super Eagles in Uyo come October 7 when the Eagles play host to his side in the reverse fixture of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier.
The Eagles, it is recalled, won the first leg of the match decided at the Levi Nwanewasa Stadium, Ndola by 2-1.
Nyirenda who is still basking in the euphoria of Chipolopolo’s back to back win over Algeria was quoted by Cafonline yesterday as saying that he has a side that can shock the Eagles in a match which he must win to keep Zambia’s World Cup hopes alive.
In his words: “I have a big team that can pick a win and that is what I’m planning for.”
The Southern Africans beat Algeria 1-0 away in Constantine on Tuesday, 5 September 2017 to complete a double after a 3-1 win in Lusaka four days earlier.
The six points from the two games saw Zambia move within three points of Group B leaders Nigeria, who have amassed ten points from four games.
“We managed to grab the six points .The team has done very well. We are getting closer to the dream,” Nyirenda further stated.
The victories served a milestone for the Chipolopolo, who broke their win-less streak against the North Africans in the history of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers, having suffered losses in their four previous meetings.
“The North Africans are not an easy side but the boys went on and fought for the six points. We will now focus on Nigeria. They are a good team and will desperately want a win,” Nyirenda added.
Victory for Zambia in the Day Five clash against Nigeria away in Uyo will see them join the Super Eagles at the top of Group B on ten points apiece.
The final round of matches scheduled for November will see Zambia host Cameroon, out of contention after bagging just three points from four games. Algeria sit at the bottom with just a point.