By James Agberebi:
Former Nigeria international, Moses Kpakor, has expressed confidence that the Super Eagles have what it takes to beat Zambia in Sunday's 2018 FIFA World Cup in Ndola, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
This is the first time both countries are meeting each other in a World Cup qualifier.
Overall, it is both team's 17th meeting ,with the Super Eagles winning it six times , recording five defeats while five encounters ended in draws.
Ahead of this weekend's clash, Kpakor, a member of the Super Eagles side that beat Zambia 2-0 in the semi-final of the Algiers 1990 Africa Cup of Nations posits that the Chipolopolo are not in the best of form.
"The Super Eagles have changed in terms of the kind of players we parade now. There are so many young players in the team," Kpakor told Completesportsnigeria.com.
" But having said that, the Super Eagles is a team that no matter who is playing, they cannot be written off," Kwak or tells Completesportsnigeria.com.
"I believe the Eagles stand a good chance of getting a positive result against Zambia. The Zambian team has dropped in performance for some time now but it now depends on how motivated our players are to take advantage."
The former BBC Lions of Gboko midfielder believes that the impressive performances of Nigerian players abroad can give the Eagles the edge.
Kpakor also notes that not qualifying for two straight AFCONs should serve as motivation for the Nigeria players.
He says: "We also have a good chance especially when you take into consideration that we have players who are doing very well in Europe.
"And not going to the Africa Cup of Nations should serve as motivation for the players because qualifying for the World Cup is now our only hope."