Zambia coach Herve Renard says that these days there are no easy games on the African continent yet maintains Zambia are never scared of their opponents.
Chipolopolo found that out the hard way when on Monday they drew 1-1 with Ethiopia.
At subsequent press conferences, some journalists suggested that Zambia are a spent force and are no longer hungry to succeed.
But Renard does not see this as the case.
“It’s a challenge to compete with any team in Africa. The level in Africa is very, very tough, it’s not like before when you can see which one or two teams will go through.
“We have to keep our humility because football is up and down. Even some of the best coaches have problems [at some stages of their careers]. Look at Jose Mourinho, if he is struggling, then the same can happen to me.”
That said, Renard says his team are up for the challenge of playing Nigeria at the Mbombela Stadium tonight.
“We are never scared of our opponents. The strength of the team spirit is to be confident and to think we can compete with anyone.
“We showed in the past we can compete with anyone in Africa. Nigeria is a very good team but we are good enough to beat them.”