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Zimbabwe vs Nigeria: Super Eagles on redemption mission

Zimbabwe vs Nigeria: Super Eagles on redemption mission

Despite not putting up a good performance against Lesotho in the 2026 FIFA World Cup African qualifying series Day 1 in Uyo last Thursday, the Super Eagles have shifted their focus on getting three points against the Warriors of Zimbabwe on Sunday.

The three-time African champions will clash with Zimbabwe at the Huye Stadium in Rwanda.

Super Eagles captain Kenneth Omeruo said after Saturday’s training session that the team is on a redemption mission and will not be bothered about the 1-1 draw against Lesotho and the poor state of the pitch for Sunday’s encounter.

“We are on a redemption mission; a serious business is what we have come for. The pitch is poor but we can’t be bothered right now. We want to get into action and pick up three points.”

South Africa’s 2-1 defeat of Benin Republic’s Cheetahs on Saturday means the Bafana Bafana are top of Group C temporarily, before Sunday’s encounter which is the first Day 2 match in the pool.

Nigeria has had the upper hand in their previous encounters against Zimbabwe, with four wins, two draws, and just one loss in six games. They even had a dominant 8-1 aggregate win against Zimbabwe during the 2006 World Cup qualifying series.

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A win for the Super Eagles will take them to four points in Group C with eight matches remaining.

Sunday’s match will start at 2pm Nigeria time and will be handled by Djiboutian official Souleiman Ahmed Djama, with his compatriots Liban Abdoulrazack Ahmed (assistant referee 1), Rachid Waiss Bouraleh (assistant referee 2) and Mohamed Diraneh Guedi (fourth official) also in action.