Super Eagles wary of Chipolopolo
NIGERIA are hoping that Chelsea striker Victor Moses will be available to take the field tonight when the team takes on the champions of Africa at the Mbombela Stadium.
The Super Eagles missed his goalscoring touch against Burkina Faso on Monday at the same venue, with the match ending 1-1. Moses has been struggling with a hamstring injury.
The match between Nigeria and Zambia is shaping up as a battle royal in Group C.
Nigeria last won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1994, a long time for that football-obsessed country.
Everyone in what is a young Super Eagles camp is acutely aware of this, though coach Stephen Keshi tried to deflect the focus away from past glories.
"1994 was 19 years ago and that is gone," said Keshi.
"It's not the same players, and it's a different ball game tomorrow.
"Zambia and Nigeria is always an interesting game and we are going to go out there with what we have and give it our best."
His sentiments were echoed by captain Joseph Yobo, one of only a few experienced campaigners in the team.
"I was about 14 years old [in 1994] and I remember the win and the celebrations on the street, which always happens when Nigeria win. I felt great, but that was a long time ago."