Zambia would have been tougher in the race to qualify for the World Cup 2018 in Russia if they had started the qualifiers with the team that lost 0-1 to Nigeria in Abuja according to captain of the Nigerian team Mikel Obi.
The Chipolopolo are out of the race to qualify for the World Cup as the 0-1 loss suffered against Nigeria means the Super Eagles now have an unassailable lead at the top of group B.
However captain of the Nigerian team Mikel said, it could have been different if they had started the qualifiers with the team that lost 0-1 to Nigeria, as they are way better than the team Nigeria defeated 2-1 in the first game of the qualifiers in Ndola.
” They are totally different from the team we defeated in Ndola one year ago. This team is full of energy and very physical in duels, it’s all nice because they are very young so they have a bright future “, Mikel said.
” This Zambia team has a very bright future, it’s an advantage for us that they started the qualifiers very late., and not with this team”, he concluded