Sports Minister Moses Mawere is upbeat Chipolopolo will overcome Nigeria in Saturday’s crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Uyo.
Nigeria leads Group B on 10 points while Zambia is second on seven points.
“My wish is that the boys brings a positive result from Nigeria. I have all the confidence that they will carry the day,” Mawere said.
“This is a very crucial game and it will determine our chances of going to our first World Cup,” he said.
Zambia is facing Nigeria minus injured striker Brian Mwila and forward Emmanuel Banda while striker Patson Daka is racing against time to be fit for the match.
“The players available are equal to the task. Issues of injury are normal in football, Mawere said.
“I am very positive the boys will deliver to the expectations of the Zambian people,” he said.
Zambia arrives in Nigeria on Thursday after a four-day training camp in nearby Ghana.