"I am grateful to God Almighty for my quick recovery and I want to thank the Super Eagles medical team and our physiotherapists at Chippa United for a job well done".
The Super Eagles, three points ahead of second -placed Zambia going into the penultimate day of the African qualifiers, require only the minimum win against the Chipolopolo on Saturday to join 10 other nations that have already qualified for the 32 -team football showpiece in Russian Federation next year.
"Zambia are now a much better team than when we beat them previous year".
The team which touched down at the Abuja Airport early hour of yesterday and spent night at Chelsea Hotel will be heading to Uyo this morning, in readiness for Saturday's mega World Cup qualifying encounter.
He said while a few of his players were injured, his team's spirit was not dampened at all by this, saying "injuries are a part of the game of football". Zambia has introduced some of the African youth championship-winning team with good effect.
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As for Ghana their only chance of a fourth consecutive World Cup finals is victory in Uganda and Egypt failing to beat Congo.
Tunisia travels to Guinea with a three-point advantage over DR Congo having taken four points in back-to-back matches between the countries last month.
Shonga is likely to face Chippa United goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, who is in the Nigeria squad for Saturday's match, should both players be selected to play on the weekend.
Former Belgium coach Marc Wilmots also has a major doubt over Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony.
Group D is tight with only one point separating Burkina Faso from third-place Senegal with Cape Verde in between.