Zambia and Nigeria face off in the CAF World Cup qualifiers on Sunday. The two teams currently make up the Group of Death alongside Alger...
Zambia and Nigeria face off in the CAF World Cup qualifiers on Sunday. The two teams currently make up the Group of Death alongside Algeria and Cameroon in Group B.
The two countries got to the group by beating their opponents in the second round of qualifying. Zambia overcame Sudan 3-0 in the second round of qualifying over two legs; Nigeria defeated Swaziland 2-0 over two legs.
It has been almost a year since both teams last played a qualifying game for the World Cup. The Super Eagles have won three of their last games with two being international friendlies and one an AFCON game. While the Chipolopolos have struggled of late, recording a single win in their last 10 outings, losing 5 and walking away with four draws.
There have been 16 meetings between Nigeria and Zambia since 1973, with Nigeria winning six and Zambia five. However, in competitive games, there is a clearer advantage, as Nigeria has won five of 12 with their opponents winning just two. The two teams haven’t played each other since 2013 in the AFCON group stages where the game ended in a draw.
In a group where only nation gets to qualify for the major tournament, the Super Eagles currently have the upper hand over Zambia in navigating their way to the big stage in Russia 2018.
The Super Eagles have qualified for the World Cup five times and have played 18 games in total, recording five wins, three draws, and 10 losses in the process, qualifying for the round of 16 in ’94, ’98, and the last World Cup in 2014. On the other hand Zambia are yet to play in the World Cup.
Ghead Grisha of Egypt would officiate the game. The 40-year-old, who has been a FIFA referee since 2008, will be assisted by compatriots Tahssen Abo El Sadat Bedyer as assistant referee 1, Ahmed Hossameldin Taha as assistant referee 2 and Ibrahim Noureldin as fourth official.
Former Fifa referee Zeli Sinko of Cote d’Ivoire will serve as referee assessor, while former Ghana FA president Mahamadu Nuru Deen Jawula will be match commissioner.
KickOff and Venue:
The game will kickoff at 2.30pm (1.30pm Nigerian time) at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, Zambia.