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2018 World Cup: Balogun Dismisses Zambia Threat as Peterside Tips Eagles for Glory

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Super Eagles defender, Leon Balogun has called on Nigerians to disregard the mind games of the Chipolopolo of Zambia ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifier cracker in Uyo.

Balogun, the lean and mean centre-back who has won hearts with his playing style, says there’s no cause for worry despite the threats and antics of a resurgent Zambia side, Vanguard writes.

“I am looking forward to us getting the three points in the front of our crowd in Uyo,” a very confident Balogun declared.

“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 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 want 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.”

Meanwhile, e-Super Eagles goalkeeper, Idah Peterside, says the team has the edge for next year’s Mundial in Russia.

According to the former shot-stopper-turned pastor, Gernot Rohr’s men were playing the best football in the group and would clinch the ticket.

“So far, the team is playing well. We have some advantages in our favour and I urge the team to continue with the same spirit.

“I have nothing to fear on the ability of the team to pick up the ticket from the group. If you ask me, we should be thinking of the World Cup proper,” he said.

“We have a good team and I am very sure we will beat Zambia and qualify.

“We have the edge in our group,” he said.

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