Zambia coach, Herve Renard, on Friday said the pressure is on Super Eagles of Nigeria to win Monday‘s quarterfinal match, but is confident his team can beat the World Cup-bound Nigerian to qualify for its first Nations Cup semifinal in 14 years.
The Chipolopolo were bottom of the Group D standings at the start of play on Thursday. But their 2-1 victory over Gabon lifted them on to four points with Cameroon and Gabon but they finished top of the group in a convoluted procedure.
”Against Nigeria, our target is to reach the semifinal,” said Renard. ”We played against them in Durban in a friendly, two weeks ago, and the match ended in a 0-0 draw. They are a strong team with several famous players, but we have a good chance against them.
”For one thing, the pressure is on them, not on us. We have nothing to lose. Our target at this competition was to reach at least the quarterfinals and we have done so now, and from this stage on, it is a bonus for us, ”the French-born tactician told KickoffNigeria.com
”Zambia have always been a very skilful team, they know how to play football, but the discipline and the concentration on the pitch has not always been very good,” he continued.
Zambia lost 1-2 to Nigeria in the final of the 1994 Nations Cup, and their last meeting was in 2001, when the Super Eagles beat them 1-0 in Lagos and drew 1-1 at Chipango.