Venue: Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo
Date: 6th October 2017
Nigeria head into their penultimate World Cup qualifier on Saturday knowing that their place at the 2018 World Cup can be wrapped up provided they don’t fumble at home. Gernot Rohr’s men are three points clear at the summit of Group B with two games left to go, indicating that victory or at least a draw would push them over the line with a game to spare.
The Super Eagles are unbeaten in the qualifiers but they will be wary of the Zambians who are in dire need of a win to revive their World Cup qualification aspiration.
Zambia will rely heavily on the ability and experience of Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene as they look to upset the hosts at Godswill Akpabio Stadium.
Although Edward Chilufya, Brian Mwila and Emmanuel Banda are out of this encounter owing to contrasting reasons, Wedson Nyirenda will be hoping to get the best from his available players. Alex Iwobi and Daniel Akpeyi have returned to the squad having missed out of Cameroon game owing to injury.
There are slight concerns over Ahmed Musa’s form, but he is likely to start from the bench against the Chipolopolo.
Nigeria Starting XI: Ezenwa; Echiejile, Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Abdullahi; Mikel, Onazi, Ndidi, Moses; Iwobi, Ighalo.
Zambia Starting XI: Mweene, Sunzu, Tembo, Kapumbu, Silwimba, Mtonga, Mwepu, Mulenga, Mbewe, Shonga, Daka