World Cup Qualifier: Pinnick wants Super Eagles to be calm, clinical


NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, has urged the Super Eagles to be calm but clinical in Saturday’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Chipolopolo of Zambia.

Pinnick, who gave the advise in a statement by NFF’s Spokesperson, Ademola Olajire on Thursday in Abuja, said: “The tendency is for teams to get uptight and tensed for this kind of match. I have spoken to them and the approach should be to take full control from the beginning and take the chances that come without being too anxious.

“We defeated the African champions, Cameroon, by maintaining focus and with the team imposing its game and taking the chances that came their way.

“That should be the approach for Saturday’s encounter with the Chipolopolo of Zambia,’’ the statement quoted Pinnick as saying.

The Super Eagles are at home welcoming the Southern Africans in what will be a thriller at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo.

The equation is very simple for Nigeria: they come into the game with a three-point lead over Zambia at the top of the standings and know that a win will mathematically secure their place at the global showpiece in Russia next year.

A draw will leave them three points clear with one match to play and a much better goal difference, but wouldn’t quite button down their World Cup spot just yet.

As for Zambia, a win is their only realistic chance of reviving their World Cup hopes. If the Southern Africans can get the better of the Super Eagles in Uyo, it would leave the teams level on points heading into the final round of matches in November.

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