Before the training session, coach Hugo Broos said he is targeting just four points from the double header against Nigeria.
Zambia and Algeria have one point each and are third and fourth respectively. Nigeria can afford to gift the Lions the three points in Yaounde after today's win.
But anything short of victory in today's match will surely threaten the chances of Nigeria hoisting her flag in Russian Federation, next year.
He added: "It is not only about me scoring; it is for us to win on Friday in Uyo because that would be good for our aspiration of qualifying for the World Cup".
On the African continent, one of the quartets was composed of teams from Zambia, Algeria, Nigeria and Cameroon.
And on the return of John Mikel Obi following an injury layoff, Simon said: "We are happy to always have him around because he's the leader". We have also been able to review our experiences in the immediate past and we have improved on it.
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Team captain Mikel John Obi is at the head of 22 players who were as at Tuesday morning in the Akwa Ibom State capital for the big encounter, with only Cyprus -based Abdullahi Shehu and Russian Federation -based Aaron Samuel still expected at the Ibom Meridien Hotel. "The most important thing for us as a team is to win and nothing more".
"We are ready, the team is a mixed of young and experienced players".
Moreover, the recent victory of the national women basketball team, D'Tigress, who won the 2017 FIBA Women's Afrobasketball Tournament in Mali is an indication that Nigerians can thrive in the face of odds and should serve as a tonic for all Nigerian teams.
But every team has the ambition of going to the World Cup.
Governor Emmanuel had made a similar pledge to the Eagles in their match against Algeria a year ago, and redeemed it by doling out $30,000 to the team after they won 3-1.
Don't be surprised if the Pharaohs have already confirmed their World Cup berth by the end of the global break, unless Ghana can complete a clean sweep against Congo-Brazzaville.