Chipolopolo hunt Squirrels in Cotonou
The Zambia Men’s National Team take on the Squirrels of Benin in an international friendly match to be played today (Tuesday) at the Mathieu Kerekou Friendship Stadium in Cotonou.
Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic will be leading Zambia in the second friendly match during the FIFA window after having lost 3-1 to a star-studded Senegal on Saturday.
The Chipolopolo have put behind that loss in Thies and will be looking to bounce back against Benin who are using the match to prepare for their delayed Cameroon 2021 (to be played in 2022) Africa Cup of Nations final clash with Sierra Leone.
Both teams will be highly motivated to record a positive result.
Micho will be bolstered by the return of Benson Sakala and Cyril Chibwe who missed the Senegal match due to illness.
Skipper Roger Kola will be looking to impose his frame upfront as he did against Senegal with the agile Moses Phiri among the leaders in the team.
The technical bench will be torn between keeping faith in the teen stars that impressed in their cameo appearances against Senegal that livened the second half or keeping faith with more seasoned campaigners.
Sakala will improve options in the middle of the pack where Salulani Phiri and Paul Katema remain contenders.
Depending on the plan there could be creative sparks in the likes of Spencer Sautu or the workhorse antics of Amity Shamende.
Benin will be travelling to face Sierra Leone for their Group L decider after the clash with Zambia at a venue to be named by CAF.
The Confederation of African Football is yet to confirm any venue for the June 14 African Cup of Nations final qualifier.
Benin head coach Michel Dussuyer has assembled a strong squad with midfielder Jodel Dossou, striker Steve Mourie, skipper Adenon Khaled and French club Dijon Saturnin Allagbe among those included.
Kickoff for the Chipolopolo clash is at 18:00 CAT.
GOALKEEPERS: Cyril Chibwe (Polokwane City, South Africa), Lameck Siame (Kabwe Warriors), Gregory Sianjase (Young Green Eagles)
DEFENDERS:Tandi Mwape (TP Mazembe, DRC), Isaac Shamujompa, Golden Mafwenta (Buildcon), Benedict Chepeshi, Prosper Chiluya (both Red Arrows), Dominic Chanda (Kabwe Warriors), Makabaniso Magenge (Lusaka Dynamos)
MIDFIELDERS: Benson Sakala, Spencer Sautu (both Power Dynamos), Salulani Phiri (Polokwane City, South Africa), Amity Shamende (Green Eagles), Paul Katema (Red Arrows), Prince Mumba (Kabwe Warriors), Kings Kangwa (Arsenal Tula-Russia)
FORWARDS: Collins Sikombe (Lusaka Dynamos), Moses Phiri, Rogers Kola (both Zanaco) Ntazana Mayembe (Cardiff City, Wales), Brian Mwila (Buildcon)