Chipolopolo Seek to Wipe Off Malabo Tears to Glory Before Home Fans
The Chipolopolo boys return to action this evening at National Heroes Stadium firmly focussed on righting the first leg loss to Equatorial Guinea suffered on Thursday in Malabo.
Moroccan referee El Jaafari Noureddine stole the show in the first leg with some controversial decisions that included a first half red card to Prince Mumba.
Today, the focus may purely be on the game with the Chipolopolo aiming to honour the return of fans to stadia with a win.
Skipper Lubambo Musonda will be looking to lead his troops valiantly before an expected 20, 000 fans at the stadium in an 18:00 hours kickoff.
Musonda has urged fans to support the team despite the first leg loos.
“In times like in football, players need a lot of support, we need patience on the part of the fans and many other stakeholders, and I would say it’s a process which takes a lot of time, everything will be fine,” said the Denmark based skipper who stars for Horsens.
“The team has been in high spirits despite the loss we suffered in Equatorial Guinea, and we are looking forward to tomorrow’s game to get maximum points.”
Coach Beston Chambeshi remains optimistic about the Chipolopolo’s run in the race to the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.
“We still have a chance; we have three games to go and those are maximum points. As team we are looking at playing some good football and make sure we get maximum points,’ he said
Zambia will miss Leicester City striker Patson Daka and defensive midfielder Dickson Chapa who have been ruled out due to suspension after accumulating two yellow cards.
Russia based Evans Kangwa remains on the mend for a hamstring injury sustained while playing for his club Arsenal Tula.
Chambeshi has summoned Zanaco midfielder Kelvin Kapumbu to re-enforce the depleted squad.
Upfront Glasgow Rangers striker Fashion Sakala is expected to lead the attack with support from Clatous Chama, Rally Bwalya and Edward Chilufya. Zambia has credible options in youngster Jimmy Mukeya and Brian Mwila.
The central defence partnership of Tandi Mwape and Dominic Chanda is a sure bet while Benedict Chepeshi and Prosper Chiluya may compete the set up.
In goal Mwenya Chibwe is set to maintain his place while Gregory Sanjase and Lameck Siame will be also lining up for the position.
The Chipolopolo should be wary of the threat posed by Guinean star Saul Coco and skipper Emilio Lopez who were instrumental in the home result.
Kickoff for that match today (Sunday) is at 18:00 hours with ZNBC beaming the game live.
Tickets are being sold at Shoprite outlets via Computciket and are pegged at K30, K50, 75 and K250.