Like in every battle the NFF and the Coaching staff should have plot out strategies from the onset, to take advantage of the weakest side in other to gain points.
With all respect to Zambia, but I think the Chipolopolos might be the most vulnerable opponent that the Super Eagles may face in this 2018 FIFA world cup qualifiers. Well, according to football pundits, Super Eagles should be well motivated to take an incredible strike force to Levy Mwanawasa Stadium Ndola - on Sunday, October 9, 2016.
This is my concern. Has NFF done enough to motivate the players and the team as a whole? To my mind, the Ndola battle will be won by the team that is more motivated and determined. It may not be about the team that has better players or the technical soundness of the coaching crew.
On paper, Super Eagles has better players and will parade stars like Mikel Obi (Chelsea), Ahmed Musa (Lecister City), Kelechi Iheanacho (Man City), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Odion Ighalo (Watford)... but these skillful players have not been molded into a team yet.
Chipolopolos with it's team made up of majorly local boys that has been together, may be the more cohesive side. They are likely to play as a team than the Nigerians.
The Zambian camp has been boasting. They said Nigeria is no longer a super power in African football. The Super Eagles couldn't even qualify for African cup of Nation for the second time running and Nigeria is currently placed 47th in FIFA world rankings, 12th in Africa.
The Ndola battle will be a shear display of African football - power, determination and hardness - different from European style of football most Nigerian players are use to.
This is why I think NFF should extra-motivate the Super Eagles team for this match. And try their best to minimize unnecessary controversies trailing, like the Chartered flight, the economy flight tickets sent to players and arears of match bonuses...
Germot Rohr, Nigeria's technical advisor, is quite new on the job. So it's going be motivation that will put the fire on in the Eagles camp. If Super Eagles do well on this one, it will help them avoid permutations when they face stonger opponents like Algeria and Cameroon.