Amaju Pinnick: "The Super Eagles need to keep calm against Zambia"

Abdullahi Shehu

During April 1994, the Super Eagles ranked 5th in the FIFA World Rankings, the highest FIFA ranking ever achieved by an African football team.

Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr has said the Eagles wish to again win for sick goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, just as they did so against Cameroon, while also saying they have to surprise "a totally different" Zambia on Saturday as they already know a lot about Nigeria.

"They know us, so we have to change a few things, be more unsafe so as to surprise them", he said. "I have no doubt we have the quality to achieve victory, but we will not make the mistake of under-rating the Zambians".

The team which touched down at the Abuja Airport early hour of yesterday and spent night at Chelsea Hotel will be heading to Uyo this morning, in readiness for Saturday's mega World Cup qualifying encounter.

Tunisia are away to Guinea and must better the result of second-place Democratic Republic of Congo, who face Libya, to clinch qualification from Group A.

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Akpeyi told Chippa's website: "We have come this far and now with only a point to qualify we must give 100 percent".

Injuries to key players has put more pressure on Egypt's Argentine coach Hector Cuper.

Tunisia will book a place in Russian Federation if they earn a better result in Guinea than DR Congo can against Libya.

The Elephants' task has been made more hard by injuries that have ruled out Wilfried Zaha, Seydou Doumbia, Max Gradel, Gervinho, Adama Traore and Jean-Michael Seri.

Only the five group winners advance to next year's World Cup finals.

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