Nigeria vs. Zambia
As the countdown to the 27th Orange Africa Cup of Nations continues, Zambia’s impressive preparations for the biannual football festival continue on Wednesday afternoon with a training match against one of the tournament favourites tomorrow night in Durban.
The Chipolopolo face the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the Absa Stadium in Durban.
Kick off is set for 16:00 CAT or 14:00 GMT.
The Chipolopolo test their mettle against the Super Eagles of Nigeria in what will be the Zambians penultimate practice game and the first for Nigeria. Zambia is in Group D and face Tunisia, Cameroon and Gabon while Nigeria is in Group C with Egypt, Benin and Mozambique.
The two groups are set on a collision path for the quarter-finals and with both teams progressing from their respective groups, there is a high possibility they could meet again at that stage of the championship.
Herve Renard’s preparations have been some of the best by any Zambian team going into an Africa Cup finals tournament with the Chipolopolo enjoying good training facilities and intensive sessions Johannesburg.
The Chipolopolo have been blending well and with the squad free of any injuries, the Super Eagles should provide a good test for the team.
Renard has made his desire to qualify from the group and then face the tournament from then while his Nigerian counterpart Shaibu Amodu is under extreme pressure to win the tournament as a dress rehearsal for the FIFA World Cup finals in June.
FAZ Communications Manager said: “The game provides our coach and technical team another great opportunity to look at the progress the team has made.
This underlines the significance the Football Association of Zambia attaches to adequately preparing the Chipolopolo for the challenge of Angola. We stated from the outset the preparations for Angola would be fantastic and with the high level intensive training the team has enjoyed over the last two weeks, the games against Nigeria and South Korea will push us to a great level of preparedness.”
“Our appeal is to the fans and all football loving Zambians to support the team so that we can go to Angola and do well for our country.
There’s nothing impossible and with these adequate preparations we remain confident that we can be able to attain our primary goal – qualifying from the group and then taking on everything coming our way in the quarterfinals.
FAZ, with the support of all stakeholders has ensured that the team has had quality preparations, provided the squad with everything required for a successful camp and now we are slowly approaching the tournament from where we should all channel our energies to supporting the Chipolopolo.”