Zambia announces Oct 9 for World Cup clash vs Nigeria

Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has announced next month’s 2018 World Cup qualifier between Zambia and Nigeria in Ndola will now be played on October 9.

The kick-off time will be announced later.

This new date, is six days outside the October 3 date most people, especially in Nigeria have been working with as the date for the fixture.

Observers have said that the new FAZ administration has not been proactive by the choice of this date, as it will not allow them to fit in a warm-up game during the week-long FIFA friendly window to, prepare for the trip to Cameroon in November, in continuation of the World Cup qualifying series.

Both teams met  last at the 2013 AFCON in South Africa and in ended in a 1-1 draw in Nelspruit.

It was further gathered that following the dismissal of the petition against the recent presidential elections in Zambia, the 2012 AFCON champions are expected to name a permanent coach soon.

Zesco United coach George Lwandamina, who has been in temporary charge of the Chipolopolo.

Algeria and Cameroon are the other teams in this World Cup qualifying group.

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