Ighalo: Zambia Playing ‘Mind Games’, Press Can’t Help Them

Ighalo: Zambia Playing ‘Mind Games’, Press Can’t Help Them

By Nurudeen Obalola (photo by Ganiyu Yusuf) in Uyo:

Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo has dismissed as ‘mind games’ Zambia’s tough talk ahead of this evening’s World Cup qualifier here in Uyo, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Zambia, led by their coach Wedson Nyirenda, have been talking a good game in the run-up to the match, apparently buoyed by their back-to-back victories over Algeria in September.

“We played two games against tough opponents Cameroon and got a win and a draw, so we’re confident,” Ighalo said here in Uyo.
“I’m not going to predict a 3-0 or 4-0 win, all I know is we will try and win to seal our qualification for the World Cup. The Zambians can talk all they want, I’m not bothered. It’s all mind games and it has no effect on us.
“They’re only trying to boost their own morale. It’s 11 vs 11 on matchday; the press will not play for Zambia.”

Ighalo, who scored the opening goal in the 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over Cameroon in Uyo in September, adds that he is always proud to play for the Super Eagles.
“Even when I was not invited for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa, the coach communicated with me and I just kept working hard,” the Chinese Super League club Chanchung Yatai striker explained.
“I’m always available to play for my country and I’m happy that I’m doing well in China.”

Nigeria will seal qualification for Russia 2018 with a win over Zambia tonight at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium. The African qualifying Group B clash kicks off at 5pm.

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  • AGBOKE UCHENNA Kingsley 1 year ago

    Good talk Ighalo,the mind games will not work for the Zambia’s

  • ubah 1 year ago

    Let them go and do their minds game with the likes of lessotho Kenya and south africa and others . They will take not less than 3 nil today

  • Solomon T 1 year ago

    That Match Is Going To Be Tough But I Give To Nigeria

  • The Nigerian press is helping them publish the empty talks of these Zambians. They want to sell their papers but they are knowingly or unknowingly
    helping the opponents to plant fear into the minds of the gullible and fainthearted. If it was England the press will edit these press releases by opponents to weed out the unwanted areas. The Zambian coach the other day said his team is ready to “inflict pains” on the fans and Nigerians in general by defeating us. Why publish that kind of insult? So the press is helping them in this mind game.

  • Heskay 1 year ago

    zambia coach must suffer for all his insult to Nigeria to night