Wedson Nyirenda says they will not let their doubleheader win over Algeria make them big-headed but are hungry for the October 7 clash against Nigeria.
Number one Nigeria will host 2nd placed Zambia next Saturday in Uyo in a penultimate 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B qualifier seperated by just three points.
Zambia head into that must-win match on the back of a 3-1 home win and 1-0 away Group B victories over Algeria on September 2 and 5 respectively.
“Look at the way we played Algeria at home and away ,it tells a lot of stories,” Nyirenda said.
“The boys now know and believe it can be done.
“Nigeria is a different team and we are not going to be big headed because we beat Algeria but we are just focused only on Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, Zambia kicked off preparations for Nigeria on Monday with the home-based players available for the first week of camp before the foreign-based callups join them in Lusaka this Sunday.
But missing from week one camp are the five Zesco United players due to Wednesday’s 2017 Barclays Cup quarterfinal date against Kitwe United in Kitwe.
Absent will be defenders Fackson Kapumbu and Simon Silwimba, midfielders Misheck Chaila, John Chingandu and Kondwani Mtonga.
Meanwhile, Nigeria have named their 24 member side to face Zambia on October 7 in their penultimate 2017 FIFA World Cup Group B qualifier away in Uyo.
Coach Gernot Rohr has kept faith in his 18 that beat (4-0) at home and drew (1-1) drew away with Cameroon earlier this month.
And back from injury after missing the September dates is Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi and South African-based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.
Nigeria lead Group B on 10 points, three ahead of Zambia whom they beat 2-1 in the first leg in Ndola last October.
Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah); Ayodele Ajiboye (Plateau United FC)
Defenders: William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Abdullahi Shehu (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); Elderson Echiejile (Sivasspor FC, Turkey); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France); Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England)
Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense, Portugal); John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel); Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey)
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England); Odion Ighalo (Chang Chun-Yatai, China); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Anthony Nwakaeme (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel)
STANDBY: Dele Alampasu (Cesarense FC, Portugal); Tyronne Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag, The Netherlands); Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Afeez Aremu (Akwa United); Ifeanyi Ifeanyi (Akwa United)