Zambia's national soccer team was in hard training at Lusaka's Independence Stadium on Monday, preparing for the return match of the Africa Cup of Antions tournament against Nigeria in Lagos on Saturday (28 July).
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SV Player practises heading
GV Coach training goalkeeper
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GV Team practising heading
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Background: Zambia's national soccer team was in hard training at Lusaka's Independence Stadium on Monday, preparing for the return match of the Africa Cup of Antions tournament against Nigeria in Lagos on Saturday (28 July).
The match should be a tough one -- with Nigeria out to avenge their 5-1 defeat by the Zambians in Lusaka on Sunday (22 July). The Chairman of the Nigerian Football Association, Captain Edwin Kenteba, said the Nigerian defeat was a "national calamity".
But the Zambian coach, the Yugoslav Ante Bueslig, is not over-confident about Saturday's match. Bueslig told the 18-man Zambia square they would face a tough struggle from the Nigerians. As well, the Zambians would face two major problems -- the weather and the Lagos Crowds.
The Zambians can expect high temperatures in Nigeria, which could upset players coming from the lower latitudes. Most Zambian athletes also find difficulties in breathing in Lagos, which is at sea level.
But Bueslig believes the Nigerian spectators will do even more to demoralise the Zambian team.
The Football Association of Zambia Chairman, Tom Mtine, has called so Nigeria to provide maximum safety and good accommodation for the Zambian team in Lagos.