GERMANY-BASED Nigerian defender Leon Balogun believes his country will beat Zambia in front of home fans to qualify to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia when the two teams meet next month.
Zambia visit Nigeria on October 7 for the penultimate qualifier match seeking to win and leave Group B wide open to be decided on the last day of the qualifiers.
Nigeria top the group with 11 points while Zambia has seven after beating Algeria back to back last week to boost chances of making a maiden appearance at the global soccer showpiece.
FAZ has since made plans to camp the team in Spain for two weeks before ending up in Ghana enroute to Nigeria for the match in Uyo state.
But Balogun told local media in Nigeria that Nigeria could not afford to drop points on home soil.
“We are unbeaten so far in the World Cup qualifiers. The way we presented ourselves as a team so far, I think there is no need for one to not to be confident. I don’t say it’s not possible that we lose, but I want to win and I think the whole team wants to win and everybody wants to go to Russia and what better way to qualify than to do it in front of your fans. So let’s all just be confident,” said Balogun who plays for Mainz 05