Rohr: Nigeria Won’t Underestimate Zambia, At All

Ahead of their crunch tie against Zambia this weekend, Nigeria’s Franco-German trainer Gernot Rohr has stated that his side will not repeat Algeria’s mistake of underrating the opponents.

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Ahead of their crunch tie against Zambia this weekend, Nigeria’s Franco-German trainer Gernot Rohr has stated that his side will not repeat Algeria’s mistake of underrating the opponents.

Incidentally, both sides will meet in the penultimate round of matches this weekend at the Uyo International Stadium in what should be an interesting contest; the Super Eagles having previously thrashed other contenders at the same venue including a 3-1 win against Algeria as well as the 4-0 white-wash of African champions, Cameroon.

“I can’t predict the score line against Zambia because it would not be an easy match,” the 64-year-old Rohr who had previously worked in Gabon, Niger, Burkina Faso and Tunisia told CAFOnline.com.

 “Zambia can be dangerous because they  also have a good team;  I don’t think it would be a 4-0 win for us but the most important thing for us is to win even if it’s by one or two goal difference,” added Rohr.

Speaking further, Rohr  said the Chipolopolo  would not be underrated despite Nigeria’s impressive record against Zambia at international level after winning seven  out of past 17 matches plus  the 2-1 away win in Ndola  last October as well as five drawn and five losses  in other encounters.

“I have seen a lot of videos of the Zambian team and I must confess they are a very good side much better than the team we played last October but we are not afraid,” Rohr reassured.“ We only have to give them respect but we won’t make the mistake Algeria made by underrating  Zambia; they  have quick strikers but we shall be ready for them.”  

 

HEAD-TO-HEAD:NIGERIA Vs. ZAMBIA

DATE                    RESULT                             COMPETITION

1:15-07-1973     Zambia 5-1 Nigeria         AFCON Qualifier, Lusaka.

2:29-07-1973     Nigeria 3-2 Zambia         AFCON Qualifier Lagos.

3:10-03-1978     Zambia 0-0 Nigeria         AFCON , Accra.

4:25-07-1981     Zambia 3-0 Nigeria         International friendly, Lusaka.

5:13-03-1982     Nigeria 0-3 Zambia         AFCON, Benghazi.

6:10-08-1985     Nigeria 0-0 Zambia         AFCON Qualifier, Lagos.

7:18-08-1985     Zambia 1-0 Nigeria         AFCON Qualifier, Lusaka.

8:12-03-1990     Nigeria 2-0 Zambia         AFCON, Annaba.

9:10-04-1994     Nigeria 2-1 Zambia         AFCON Final, Tunis.

10:15-12-1997   Zambia 2-0 Nigeria         International friendly, Lusaka.

11:17-12-1997   Zambia 0-0 Nigeria         International friendly, Kitwe.

12:13-01-2001   Nigeria 1-0 Zambia         AFCON Qualifier, Lagos.

13:24-03-2001   Zambia 1-1Nigeria          AFCON Qualifier; Chingola.

14:25-01-2010   Zambia 0-0(4-5pen)        Nigeria  AFCON Q/ Finals, Lubango .

15:15-11-2011   Nigeria 2-0 Zambia         International friendly, Kaduna.

16:25-01-2013   Zambia 1-1 Nigeria         AFCON, Nelspruit.

17:09-10-2016   Zambia 1-2 Nigeria         World Cup Qualifier,Ndola.           

 

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