NIGERIA are hoping Chelsea striker Victor Moses will be available for them tonight when they take on Africa Cup of Nations soccer champions Zambia in Nelspruit.
The Super Eagles missed Moses's goal- scoring touch against Burkina Faso on Monday at the same venue, the match ending 1-1. Moses has been struggling with a hamstring injury.
The match between Nigeria and Zambia is shaping up as a battle royale in Group C.
Nigeria last won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1994, a long time ago for that football-obsessed country. Everyone in what is a young Super Eagles camp is acutely aware of this, although coach Stephen Keshi tried to deflect the focus away from past glories. "1994 was 19 years ago and that is gone," he said.
"It's not the same players, and it's a different ball game tomorrow.
"Zambia and Nigeria is always an interesting game and we are going to go out there with what we have and give it our best."
His sentiments were echoed by captain Joseph Yobo, one of only a few experienced campaigners in the team. "I was about 14 years old [in 1994] and I remember the win, the celebrations on the street ... I felt great, but that was a long time ago."