Lawal: Nigeria Cannot Afford Costly Mistakes Against Zambia

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Garba Lawal has warned the Super Eagles of Nigeria to play top notch football and avoid costly mistakes against Zambia.

Gernot Rohr’s men are in pole position to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next year, topping the group with three points.

However, Zambia have a shot at qualification, should they stage an upset against Nigeria in Uyo.

“We must get it right with our selection against Zambia,” Lawal told Goal.

“When I watched Argentina and Brazil, the Argentines dominated the game and did everything to score but luck was not on their side. They had about eight chances but couldn’t score from any of them.

“The players know the importance of being at the World Cup, so they have to give 200% and everything in the 90 minutes against the Zambians and we are there,” he continued.

“They need to concentrate more and all through the game to avoid mistakes. There should be no room for costly mistakes though there could be one error or the other but not costly ones.

“I hope with that mentality, the way they’ve to start is important and Zambia are talking rough ahead of the match. We have everything – the fans, everyone backing the team and the home advantage to win the game. It doesn’t matter how we win or about playing good football, what matters is the three points.”



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