AFCON 2013: Katongo ‘ready to shoot down Super Eagles’

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In 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
Jan 25th, 2013
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Zambia's captain Christopher Katongo, right, with teammates passes the ball during their training at the Stade de l'Amitie in Libreville, Gabon, Saturday Feb. 11, 2012. Zambia will play their African Cup of Nations final soccer match against Ivory Coast on Sunday Feb. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

Zambia’s captain Christopher Katongo, right, with teammates passes the ball during their training at the Stade de l’Amitie in Libreville, Gabon, Saturday Feb. 11, 2012. Zambia will play their African Cup of Nations final soccer match against Ivory Coast on Sunday Feb. 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

ZAMBIA skipper, Christopher Katongo, said that he was ready to lead his team to its first victory over Nigeria in 19 years when they meet today in their second group game of this competition.

Katongo, who was inspirational as the Chipolopolo won the title last year in Gabon, led his mates to an opening day draw with Ethiopia on Monday.

Looking forward to what he believes would be a bruising encounter, Katongo said: “We are ready for Nigeria. That we drew with Ethiopia does not mean we have suddenly become weak. People should not judge us based on one game; this is not the result we wanted but what we are asking is for the nation’s support.”

Today’s game is a test for Keshi’s boys, who will want to continue the Eagles superiority over Zambia.

Nigeria defeated Zambia 2-1 to win the 1994 tournament in Tunisia, and also dumped the Chipolopolos on penalties in the quarterfinals at Angola 2010.

Meanwhile, Zambia Coach, Herve Renard, has revealed that midfielder Chisamba Lungu is fit for today’s game.

Chisamba was rested after sustaining a left foot injury in Zambia’s opening Group C match against Ethiopia at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

“He had a knock on the foot he needed to rest for 24 hours he will train today (yesterday) and be ready for selection tomorrow,” Renard said.

His recovery is a boost for Renard ahead of the crucial showdown despite being at the centre of Ethiopia’s penalty following a challenge on Saladin Said in the 23rd minute.Chisamba went on to be one of Zambia’s stand-out performers in that match that ended 1-1.

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