The Zambia national team are closing in on Nigeria in the race to qualify for the Russia 2018 World Cup but the Nigeria Football Federation are also watching their back.

The Zambians on Tuesday night completed a double over Algeria to take their points tally to seven, just three points adrift of the Super Eagles who are on top of the standings in Group B of the African qualifiers for the Mundial.

The lone goal scored by Paston Daka in Constantine on Tuesday night ensured that Zambia kept hopes alive of featuring in Russia next year.

Zambia will be facing Nigeria in the next round of games in the qualifiers in October and if the South African country does the unthinkable to beat the Super Eagles in Uyo, they could be heading for the first senior World Cup participation ever.

However the first Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation Seyi Akinwunmi has stated that the NFF and the Super Eagles team were all aware that the World Cup ticket was not yet in the kitty and they won't be slowing down on their bright start.

 He said: "I assure you that despite what people may perceive, neither the NFF nor the players/coaching crew are celebrating until we get on the Russia bound train. All hands are seriously on deck".