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BATTLE OF NDOLA: 5 Zambia Players Nigeria Must Watch Out For

 

Ahead of the Super Eagles' 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Ndola Completesportsnigeria.com's JOHNNY EDWARD lists five Zambian players who must be stopped by Gernot Rohr's men as they begin their Russia 2018 journey…

1)  Rainford Kalaba
Position: Midfielder
Age: 30
Club: TP Mazembe

The 30-year-old TP Mazembe midfield dynamo has been the engine that drives the Chipolopolo of Zambia team in every match. A member of Zambia’s 2012 African Cup of Nations winning squad and also a two-time winner of the CAF Champions League, Kalaba is no doubt one of the most experienced players in the Zambian squad and the Super Eagles midfield will have their hands full trying to contain him from imposing himself on the game. 

 

2) Stopilla Sunzu

Position: Defender
Age: 27
Club: Lille

Sunzu is one of the most capped players in the Zambian squad having made 59 senior appearances since making his debut in 2008.
The Nigerian attack that may likely parade Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Victor Moses and Odion Ighalo must find a way of rattling the defence line to be led by the Lille stopper who incidentally is a teammate of former Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.
With Sunzu leading the backline, Zambia have conceded four goals in their last five games and Zambia will be banking on him to marshal his troops in Ndola against the Eagles.

3) Jackson Mwanza  
Position: Striker
Age: 29
Club: Zesco United

Mwanza he hero in Zesco United's 2-1 first leg win over Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAF Champions League last weekend. Zambians were left rejoicing when Mwanza scored a quickfire brace in the space of two minutes against the Brazilians. Not only did his goal keep alive their hopes of a first-ever place in the finals of the competition it marked a comeback to the big stage for Mwanza who has notched up four goals in the competition and nine in the FAZ Super Division in Zambia this season. Mwanza will be looking to add to his five goals at the international level for the Chipolopolo of Zambia when they host Nigeria in Ndola. 

 

4) Nathan Sinkala
Position: Midfielder
Age: 25
Club: TP Mazembe
  
 Nathan Sinkala has been the main stay in midfield for Zambia and TP Mazembe this year and will be a crucial link between the attack and defence of his national team when they face the Super Eagles of Nigeria in next month's World Cup qualifier. He will be looking to guide his side to maximum points against Nigeria, and push for a historic qualification for the World Cup. top 2 finish and qualification for the knockouts. Along with 
Rainford Kalaba, the two Zambian players will be crucial to their team’s chances.

5) Collins Mbesuma

Position:  Forward
Age:  32
Club:  Highlands Park

The experience of Mbesuma, combined with the youthful players in the squad, will give Zambia's team balance, and could potentially make them a team to look out for in the group.

At 32, the veteran forward will look to end his international career on a high, with a good showing by helping his team to beat Nigeria in Ndola. The Eagles backline must expect more than this from the bullish Mbesuma who is now two goals away from a century of PSL goals since scoring on debut for Amakhosi in the 3-1 win over Black Leopards in March 2004

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2 Comments

  1. There are more from these five. Most of them ply their trade in Africa, especially South Africa. They are not easily intimidated. Their fans are very fanatic when it concerns the national team. They abuse the Super Eagles as Super chicken. We need more Nigerians to visit their Complete Sport like website to challenge them there. If you want to visit http://www.zambianfootball.co.zm. Zambian fan are bombarding like hell just to talk about the match and you will enjoy it. Support the Super Eagles for World Cup.

  2. To face this team we focus players. These are my first eleven. Ikeme, Balogun, Tros-Ikon, Musa Muhammed, Shehu Abdullahi, Onazi, Mikel, Moses, Iwobi, Kelechi and Edeye.

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