Alex Iwobi's father is confident Nigeria will beat Zambia on Saturday whether his son plays the game or not.

The Arsenal striker missed Super Eagles’ last two matches against Cameroon owing to injury concerns.

He is back and currently in camp as the Super Eagles prepare for a must-win 2018 World Cup qualifier against Zambia at the Godswill Akpabio stadium on Saturday.

Iwobi senior, who is also in Uyo, and watched his boy train on Wednesday, said it doesn’t matter who the coach chooses to lineup against Zambia, victory is the most important thing.

“We are on the verge of qualifying, it’s not about who plays or not, it’s about the team standing together and do well,” he told Bounce News.

“It’s one step at a time, the next step is against Zambia. We will play them, win the game and qualifier, I don’t need to predict, I’m confident we will win. No matter the scoreline.”

Alex Iwobi scored one of the goals in a 2-1 victory away at Zambia in October 2016.

Victory for Nigeria will see the three time Africa champions qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.