Game against Zambia won’t be easy, says former Nigerian star

The man behind Nigeria’s victory in the game against Zambia during the final of the 1994 African Nations Cup in Tunisia has called on his compatriots to beware of the threat posed by the Chipolopolo when they play in the quarter finals of this year’s edition on Monday.

Emmanuel Amuneke scored a brace to earn a 2-1 victory for Nigeria in the final in Tunis 16 years ago, the last time both countries played in a competitive match. He cancelled out Elijah Tana’s third minute opener in the fifth minute and scored the winner in the second half to give Nigeria their second continental trophy.

“The game against Zambia is not going to be easy. The Eagles must play up to their potential and make sure they are not complacent” Amuneke told Complete Sports.

“We have seen the Zambian players in this competition and for them to scale through in their group shows they are no push-overs. Also for them to come tops in a group comprising Cameroon, Tunisia and Gabon says a lot about the Chipolopolo’s quality and as such, the Eagles must not take them for granted.”

Amuneke referenced his match winning performance in 1994 saying that times have changed and that the Super Eagles will need to be up to their best if they are to stay in the competition.

“1994 is a long time ago and you can’t use that to judge what could happen now. Even back then we really sweated before we defeated Zambia in that final and that was despite the fact that they lost a sizeable number of their regular players in a plane crash before that tournament.

“I can tell you that Zambia play good football and the present generation of their players would like to build on the foundation laid by Kalusha Bwalya and co. The Zambians have a lot to play for in this game and would fancy taking their pound of flesh off the Eagles”.

Zambia will play Nigeria for a semi final ticket in Lubango on Monday, January 25.
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