Captain of the Zambian national team, Rainford Kalaba said the team only respects the Super Eagles, but insisted they have no fear for them ahead of Sunday’s Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier.
The Nigerian side will file out against the Chipolopolos in their opening group match at the Levy Nasarawa Stadium in Ndola.
On the papers, the Super Eagles have a slight edge over the Zambia boasting of players like captain John Obi Mikel, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa playing for top European clubs.
But Kalaba, who plays in the Congo Democratic Republic with TP Mazembe, is optimistic that they can beat the three-time African champions.
He told reporters in Ndola yesterday, “We have respect for them (the Super Eagles) but football is played on the pitch.”
“They were once champions and we were once champions. The 90 minutes will decide the outcome of the game.”