The Zambian government says it will award the national team players US$500 each for beating Gabon and also as morale booster as they face Nigerian Super Eagles, next Monday.
And Jide Alaka writes from Nigeria that “On paper Zambia, which edge out Cameroun, Gabon and Tunisia to lead Group D, does not have the kind of players Nigeria have, yet in a friendly game before the Nations Cup they drew with the Super Eagles. And though many people had hoped Nigeria will play Cameroun in the quarter-final, with the believe that the Eagles are ready to play any country, Nigeria will be facing Zambia. As at last night, football buffs were confused and could still not understand why Nigeria had to play Zambia instead of Cameroun since the Lions have a better head to head.
However, irrespective of who they are playing, Super Eagles players are ready to come out tops. And they believe victory will be theirs when they meet the Zambians on Monday in the quarter-final of Angola 2010.
Leading the Zambia must fall campaign is the hero of 3-0 thrashing of Mozambique, Osaze Odemwingie. “I am so relieved. There was a lot of pressure on us to do well, and I am happy we came out clear winners. I do not believe we should fear Cameroun or any team, you seem to forget what happened four years ago, when we beat them. We will take any team that comes our way,” he said. Fellow striker Obafemi Martins is happy that we are in the quarter final and he is ready to face any country. “It’s really great that we should be talking about our quarter-finals match now which only few were quite confident that we were capable of achieving about a week ago. It took a lot of hard work and I am happy that we made it,” the Wolfsburg striker said.