In a prelude to their clash in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, Zimbabwe coach Baltemar Brito issues a stern warning to the Super Eagles, stating that they will not show any respect to Nigeria during their upcoming match.
Scheduled to face off at the Stade Huye in Rwanda on Sunday, both teams are entering the fixture with similar fortunes. Zimbabwe secured a challenging draw in Rwanda, while the Super Eagles, led by Jose Peseiro, could only manage a disappointing 1-1 draw against Lesotho at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.
The Super Eagles, eager to return to winning ways, are favored due to the quality of their squad. They face added pressure to secure a victory for a chance at World Cup qualification, especially following South Africa’s win over Benin on Saturday.
Despite the odds, Coach Baltemar Brito asserts that Zimbabwe is also targeting a victory and plans to take the game to Nigeria. Speaking through the ZFA page, he emphasized, “At this level, all opponents play to win. Even we [Zimbabwe] will play for a win against Nigeria. They will come strong, but we will come strong too. We are here to face them.”
The match outcome holds significant implications for both teams, with only the group leaders earning automatic World Cup tickets. The clash promises intense competition as the Super Eagles aim to overcome their previous draw and secure a crucial victory.