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Zambia Coach Nyirenda: My Small Players Ready For Nigeria’s Big Names

Zambia Coach Nyirenda: My Small Players Ready For Nigeria’s Big Names

By Johnny Edward (photo by Ganiyu Yusuf) in Uyo:

Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda believes Saturday’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against the Super Eagles of Nigeria will be a game of wits, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

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Nyirenda, who warned the Super Eagles that they will face a different side from the team that lost 2-1 on matchday 1 in the FIFA World Cup qualifying series, claims that he has a team full of small names who can play football.

“They (Super Eagles) need to win to get to Russia so do we as well and the best team will carry the day,” Nyirenda said prior to his team’s closed training session at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium here in Uyo on Friday evening.

“Every match is a new game. We lost to Nigeria last year and I think it was with a different team totally from this one and this time we have a different from the one that lost to Nigeria.

“We have a strong team so Saturday’s game will be a game of wits and the best team will carry the day.”

On the quality the Super Eagles possess in their squad, Nyirenda replied: “You don’t win games before you get on the pitch. Nigeria have big names and we don’t have big names in our squad but I’d tell you this we have 11 players and small players who can play football.”

He added that Patson Daka is fit to start Saturday’s game.

Daka who scored the winner for Zambia in their 1-0 win over Algeria in Constantine on matchday 4 was a major doubt for the game but has been declared fit to feature.

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  • His comments has changed . pls i want complete sports to interview this man after the match

  • Charles shilaka 5 years ago

    Nyirenda’s boasts have changed. He now knows that his team is a young one with no big names etc. CD, please interview him after the game, let’s gauge his mood

  • He will absolutely swallow his words at the post match conference.

  • Fasasi Kunle 5 years ago

    Before you said your team is this and that now you are saying they are small. Who care Mr coach. Today by God grace your team would be beaten. Insha Allah.

  • Fasasi Kunle 5 years ago

    Coach can you belt with your family house that Nigeria would loose? If not, respect your opponents.

  • After putting pressure on the young players and all the empty boast, you now realize that you have over stepped your bounds. It is too late, no excuse Mr coach. My people say that when the mouth goes to war first, the feet will most likely not go and return alive. I am praying for the team, reporting all your insults on Super Eagles to God so that what happenes to proud and arrogant people will be your portion in the game today. Zambia cannot stop our road to Russia 2018.

  • ako amadi 5 years ago

    This Zambian coach is now doing a python dance! He’s now changing direction from left to right and right to left. Earlier he had been saying they were sure of victory. Now he says you don’t win a match before getting to the pitch. And he is now giving the excuses that his “small players” are facing Nigeria’s “Big names” One thing he has achieved is to make the super Eagles to take the game very seriously. In a few hours we’ll know better

  • Adnan farouk 5 years ago

    Nigeria is the biggest football country in Africa we Nigerian we wish our country to successed in today match to show world now our footballers are strength the can defeat any contry best wishes goodluck

  • Somebody has advice this man that his boasting is overboard. It may be having a negative effect on his boys. He has also realised that there are small teams and big teams. He has confirmed that Nigeria is among the big teams and Chipolopolo is a small team. Good. That’s good. That’s good. Psychologist should read into this comment and interpret. Is there fear in his mind now? Is there fear in their camp? Are they panicking already? I feel they are in panic. San Marino 0-8 Norway, small team big team; Anemia 0-6 Poland, small team big team; Nigeria 6-0 Zambia, big team small team. Zambia wlll be forced to respect Super Eagles and its country.

  • Nigeria needs to look at the head to head record against Zambia to see that the game could go either way. There is very little to choose between the two teams.
    28 Oct 1973Zambia v Nigeria5-1Africa Cup of Nations
    11 Nov 1973Nigeria v Zambia3-2African Games
    10 Mar 1978Zambia v Nigeria0-0Africa Cup of Nations
    28 Jul 1981Zambia v Nigeria3-0International Friendly
    13 Mar 1982Nigeria v Zambia0-3Africa Cup of Nations
    10 Aug 1985Nigeria v Zambia0-0Africa Cup of Nations
    18 Aug 1985Zambia v Nigeria1-0Africa Cup of Nations
    12 Mar 1990Nigeria v Zambia2-0Africa Cup of Nations
    10 Apr 1994Nigeria v Zambia2-1Africa Cup of Nations
    15 Dec 1997Zambia v Nigeria2-0International Friendly
    17 Dec 1997Zambia v Nigeria0-0International Friendly
    13 Jan 2001Nigeria v Zambia1-0Africa Cup of Nations
    24 Mar 2001Zambia v Nigeria1-1Africa Cup of Nations
    25 Jan 2010Zambia v Nigeria0-0Africa Cup of Nations
    15 Nov 2011Nigeria v Zambia2-0International Friendly
    25 Jan 2013Zambia v Nigeria1-1Africa Cup of Nations
    09 Oct 2016Zambia v Nigeria1-2FIFA World Cup
    07 Oct 2017Nigeria v ZambiaFIFA World Cup