– Nigeria has won the African Nations Cup title twice compared to Zambia who clinched their first trophy in 2012.
– Stephen Keshi recorded his first win as Eagles coach against the Chipolopolo in November 2011 in a friendly played in Kaduna, Nigeria.
– The last time both sides met in an Africa Nations Cup final tournament was in 2010 with Nigeria eliminating the Zambians 5-4 in the quarter finals after a penalty shootout following a goal less draw in full minutes of play including ET.
– Nigeria won her second title at the 1994 final in Tunisia by beating Zambia 2-1 in the finals.
– Nigeria and Zambia have met 16 times in all competitions with both side emerging victorious on five different occassions and drawing six.
– Zambia stopped Nigeria from featuring at the 1986 Nations Cup in Egypt.
– Both sides are favourites to qualify from Group C ahead of Ethiopia and Burkina Faso.
– Today’s encounter is a must win for either side if they must entertaining any hope of qualifying from the group.
– Nigeria is ranked 57th while Zambia is ranked 34th in the world.
– In AFCON tournaments, Nigeria and Zambia have scored four goals against each other.
– Both coaches were defenders in their playing days
– Zambia’s head coach, Herve Renard, is on a monthly salary of about N16m while Nigeria’s coach, Stephen Keshi, goes home with a monthly paycheck of N5m.
Who is going to win this highly explosive encounter which an unnamed CAF official says tickets for the match, ‘have sold out!’