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It's late for Chipolopolo to qualify for Russian Federation 2018 -Iloenyosi

08 October 2017
It's late for Chipolopolo to qualify for Russian Federation 2018 -Iloenyosi

Nigeria will qualify for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation with a win over Zambia in Uyo on Saturday, while the Chipolopolo will have to beat their hosts to at least take the game to the final rounds of the qualifiers next month.

The statement added: "The president joins millions of football-loving Nigerians in rejoicing with the players and their coaching crew of Super Eagles".

The Super Eagles, who enjoyed an impressive qualifying campaign, top their group with 13 points, six over second-placed Zambia.

Looking ahead to the knife-edge cracker, the former Chelsea midfielder said that his team were ready to go the extra mile to secure another Nigerian appearance at the World Cup. He believes that despite the fine form of the three times African champions, Zambia can pull the plug off the feet of the home side.

"No matter how I rate the Zambians, it's too late for them to qualify for the World Cup". How can the Eagles be in this position and Zambia will come here and pick a draw? So in 1994, 98 and 2014 the national team of Nigeria reached the stage of the 1/8 finals, which remains the best achievement to this day.

"The Eagles want to win again for Carl", Rohr said.

The footballer, who dumped England to play for Nigeria, scored the only goal of the match against Zambia at the Godswin Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom. He is developing confidence with every game.