Johannesburg - Super Eagles Chief Coach Stephen Keshi says he is well aware that the team’s second Group C match at the 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) will be difficult.
Keshi told a pre-match news conference on Thursday in Nelspruit, near Johannesburg that the team was however ready for the match on Friday against defending champions Zambia.
"We are playing against the defending champions and we know they are very good, but we also know our potential and we are sure to come out clean at the end of the day.
"There are millions of coaches in Nigeria but they must understand that every national team that has achieved took time to build and they must give this Super Eagles time to grow,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the match is a must-win for both teams.
Super Eagles had played a 1-1 draw against Burkina Faso, while Zambia also played a 1-1 draw against Ethiopia in the first round of matches in the group.
Team captain, Joseph Yobo, while speaking at the event, said he would not talk much about the boast by the Zambian side that they would take Nigeria to the cleaners.
"We shall see when we get to the pitch tomorrow (Friday)," he declared.
Meanwhile, Cheldea FC forward Victor Moses has said that he was now fully fit for the game against Zambia.
"I am fully fit now, and I want to score a goal for my three-month-old son.
"I have been in touch with the mother and my little boy and I feel I should do him good by picking three points from Zambia and eventually winning a trophy for my little boy," he said.