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Ex-Zambia Coach Mwila Warns Chipolopolo: Beware Of False-confidence Because Nigeria Is Not Algeria

Ex-Zambia Coach Mwila Warns Chipolopolo: Beware Of False-confidence Because Nigeria Is Not Algeria

By Kayode Ogundare in Accra:

Former national team coach Freddie Mwila, who took charge of the Chipolopolo in the immediate aftermath of the ill-fated air-crash which claimed a generation of players in 1993, has urged the current team against complacency following the back-to-back wins over Algeria which has now set up a thrilling match-up between Zambia and Nigeria in 2018 World Cup Qualifying Group B.


Three points separate Nigeria and Zambia going into Saturday’s crucial encounter and a win for Nigeria will hand the Super Eagles a sixth World Cup ticket but Zambia have recovered from a matchday one home loss to Nigeria to amass two wins and a draw including home and wins over Algeria.


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This impressive form, Mwila says, should not give room for over-confidence in the buildup to the game in Uyo because the Super Eagles are in a different class from Algeria.

“It will not be an easy game for the boys because Nigeria will come at us with all they have but they should just remain steadfast. And let them not to be intimidated by the calibre of Nigeria’s squad because football was about 11 players against another 11 so they just have to be prepared mentally to overcome this obstacle,” he said.

Mwila commended coach Wedson Nyirenda for picking a formidable team which he said could face any team in the continent and be able to get maximum points.

He said Ghana outing would be a plus ahead of the game because it would help the Chipolopolo acclimatise to the same weather conditions as the place was near Nigeria.

Mwila was also in charge of Power Dynamos when the club defeated Nigeria’s BCC Lions of Gboko win the former Mandela Cup in 1991.

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  • Tgrace 4 years ago

    God bless Nigeria
    God bless Super Eagles
    God bless Nff
    Happy independence
    Congratulation for being in Russian 2018 in advance
    Congratulation for the victory over Zambia in advance

    • Tgrace, what you are doing is very annoying and disturbing. why do you choose to descend bad luck on the super Eagles have you ever heard of it is not over until the fat lady sings. how dare you congratulate a team in advance before the game is up.. my friend this boastfulness is getting out of hand from you so called super eagles fans wey just dy make stupid mouth anyhow..

      • Tgrace 4 years ago

        Ugo Iwunze, pls are you a Zambian or a Nigerian?
        Did u see beyond today ever in your life
        Sir, have seen the outcome and I belive what have seen. Scoreline is Nigeria 4 v 0 Zambia. This is not a self cooked up I saw victory coming Nigeria’s way. Am so sorry if I did disturb you but I know that am a Nigeria for sure

        • You being a Nigerian doesn’t give you the right to boast like we have already won we still have to and battle it out on the field…moreover thats the same boastfulness you all were showing against South Africa..,then we lost… and against Cameroon we were eating humble pie so we were not so boastfull hence we then won.. don’t you know Karma bites my friend you people we never learn. Now you guys are starting that nonsense of being over-pompous and arrogant. that is very annoying

  • Tgrace 4 years ago

    Funny you, keep on seeing Nigeria like Algeria. If Algeria is the best team you beat dnt 4get we beat them also. You drew with Cameroon and we beat them 4-1 what else did you need to know that Nigeria is already in Russia. Your mind games is really disturbing me.
    Nigerians here gives this guy his deserve response.
    I just love the way this Zambians are patriotics sha. But you have to call a spade a spade cause if it were to be Nigerian we know what will happen and we dnt deceive ourself.
    Am saying this because Nigeria has already won why? It has been seen Nigeria 4-0 Zambia. I beg you focus on Afcon and forget this world cup cause Mikel’s wife will not allow Mikel watch other players play in her father land without her husband on the pitch. You see that Nigeria flag is already hosted.

  • Me i dey pity this zambians. Bcos Nigeria go harmer them lik the way they never harmer any teams before. Me i pity them chaaaa

  • ako amadi 4 years ago

    These Zambians must be living on another planet. How can an inferior visiting team talk of being over-confident?!!!? It is Nigeria that should be warning the Super Eagles of over-confidence. Right now the Zambians are confused, sitting ducks. On Saturday the Super Eagles will simply load their guns and shoot them down in Uyo

  • The Zambians are only having fun with their bragging for getting this far, more so for the privilege of rubbing shoulders with their Nigerian idols playing in professional leagues abroad.

    For certain the Zambian players, coaches, FA and even the government know they can’t get pass the hungry super eagles, not in their formidable “nest of slaughter”

    • Prides come before fall says the holy scripture, let allow Zambia to demonstrate their pride before their fall on Saturday, even the mighty Spain,Germany n Brazil with their fans will not boast against Nigeria like this,so relax Nigeria let’s enjoy their pride.

  • These Zambians dont know what awaits them in Uyo. I’ve always read and listened to the way they talk. They stepping on a cobra’s tail,they won’t know what hit them in Uyo. Their defeat and embarrassment is doing press-up.Lol.Fingers crossed

  • Charles shilaka 4 years ago

    False confidence in deed. Who are they out to impressed?. You can’t intimidate us in our backyard. No hiding place for you

  • zambians have forgotten dat dey have a very poor defense line up.
    a very weak midfied.and a good but not too good striking force made up of newly promoted under 23 guys in d person of fashion sakala mwila and emanuel banda.
    but mwila and emanuel banda are out due to injury.
    and d so call sakala is not a regular in his club.

    besides not been a regular player.he is not ripe for a crucial game like dis.players like reinford kalaba were left out and grade 12 student picked ahead of dem instead.

    but one thing i knw is that this calbre of strikers can not go pass indidi and ogenyi onazi.let alone leon balogun and william ekong.
    but i knw their defense spear headed by stopila sunzu plaging wit a finish team in russia by the name arsenal tula cannot wistand the presure from etebo moses simon ,victor moses ,ighalo Ahmed musa and iheanacho.this quality wil be too much for the zambian backline.

    the were talking like dis last year and we hammered dem in ndola.how much more in uyo.

    ka chineke mezie okwu

  • Abdulrazak 4 years ago

    While the Zambians have been talking have you heard any word from Rohr? That’s how you prepare for war. Say as little as possible.
    Nigeria 7
    Zambia 0
    Insha Allah.

  • Vitalis 4 years ago

    @Abdulzarak 7 nil is too much oo abeg, they are still our African brothers,lets show them little mercy

    • now I know we will be in for a rude awakening because of the way you boastful ninkompoops are talking 7-0 do you guys know who is coming to play us..instead of praying and woshing our darling team luck you idiots are boasting like the game is won.. amyway I will pray and hope that the over confident boastful bragging of you illetarates will not bring Super eagles badluck

      • Tgrace 4 years ago

        You dnt deserve to be here for calling a fellow like you idiot and illetarate
        But may I correct you that illetarate is not an english word cause u will nt find it in the dictionary what you will see there is Illiterate: a person who cn’t read nor write bt this person u replied do read and write his comment himself this means ur composition is not correct but u need to learn not to insult a fellow brother of mine who sees victory coming the way of Nigeria and support his country to go 4 victory. Thanks bro love you

        • Tgrace you were also talking smack before bafana bafana hence you brought us bad luck.. they humbled you.You were then quiet for the Cameroon Game (like all these other braggers like you) which we then won.. Now you people are trying to let bad karma visit us again with your over the top bragging and boastfulness. but god will not let it work. Instead of staying on the fence cautiously and watching you are here congratulating a team in advance that is playing another serious contender and we have not even crossed the line yet.. that is why I say stop bragging and be cautiously and quietly confident

      • Donbenie 4 years ago

        With all due respect,you should shut your trap..it’s within the right of any commenter here to say what he wants without you jumping down their throat..who made you the moderator of this forum with your ill mannered insults?

  • Fomacho 4 years ago

    Nigeria is winning Zambia by 2 – 0. No controversy

  • Onyeagoro Johnson Chima 4 years ago

    Before l pass my comment. An illiterate can also write. We have what is known as “EDUCATED ILLITERATE” that is an educated person or a Professor who is not knowledgeable in a subject outside his own discipline. However, “Cameroon treatment” awaits Zambia on Saturday. Nigeria 4 vs Zambia 0. Zambia will not try to score but they will only try to keep the score low!!

  • Shepherd 4 years ago

    Go zambia go and for sure am seeing nigeria losing coz if you have noticed nigeria has started moving in the same line as zambia when they started this journey. First zambia recorded a loss next draw and finally home and away win against Algeria. Nigeria after 3 wins they dropped to a draw meaning next it’s a loss for the eagles and remember that wether with kalaba or not its destine and eagles are bound to receive that bullet. Thanx my dear brothers and sisters

  • Johnny 4 years ago

    My guys don’t let us boast but remember them in your prayer because football is not by making mouth.