Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, who has been speaking with BBC reporters, said Nigeria cannot afford to make the same mistake Algeria made against Zambia when the Nigerian national team meet the Southern Africans on Saturday.
“I believe Algeria underestimated them and we dare not make the same mistake. Zambia have introduced some of the African youth championship-winning team with good effect.
He does not expect another easy win against Zambia, who would draw level with Nigeria on 10 points with a win.
“Winning by one or two goals will do fine,” Rohr told reporters.
“It is nice that we have control of our destiny – a win takes us to Russia. The players, my technical staff and I are totally focused on that objective.”
Zambia’s young side revived their chances of reaching Russia with home and away wins over Algeria in September after picking up just one point from their opening two matches.
“Zambia are now a much better team than when we beat them last year. Watching videos of their wins over Algeria, I was struck by the speed of the strikers,” Rohr added.
“We must wrap this race up on Saturday. Our team has shown professionalism, dedication and determination to be in this position,” captain John Obi Mikel said.