Preview: Zambia vs Nigeria

African Nations Cup: Zambia v Nigeria preview Victor Moses should face Zambia after the Nigeria winger recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him out of Monday’s 1-1 draw with Burkina Faso.

If selected, the 22-year-old will line-up alongside Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel for the Super Eagles.

Zambia midfielder Chisamba Lungu faces a late fitness test ahead of the game.

The 21-year-old picked up an ankle injury in the draw with Ethiopia will be tested in training but a spokesman said he is “90%” likely to play.

Both these teams were the pre-tournament favourites to qualify from Group C, but their opening-day stalemates means that if either can get a win in this fixture it will greatly enhance their chances of not being eliminated before the knockout rounds.

One man definitely out of the match is Nigeria defender Efe Ambrose after he was sent off for two bookable offences on Monday.

Head coach Stephen Keshi could draft in Kenneth Omeruo as a replacement for the Celtic player.

Zambia captain Christopher Katongo:

“We are not under any pressure, but we acknowledge that after this game [against Ethiopia] we need to improve and work harder and that, for sure, we will do.

“As defending champions, it was not a fair result to get.”

Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo:

“We were disappointed after the first game, it wasn’t easy to accept that setback, but that’s behind us now.

“Now we have the defending champions in front of us, it’s going to be very tough. We’ve got to concentrate right till the end, and we’ve got to learn from our mistakes.

“We believe we can beat Zambia, it’s all about getting points now, we can’t afford to lose.”

BBC

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