Chipolopolo Aim to Shoot Down Carthage Eagles
In a contest that have the possible markings of a memorable clash, the Chipolopolo will stroll in the Eagles’ nest in Tunis today (Tuesday) firmly focused on giving their grim chances of pipping Tunisia and Equatorial Guinea to top spot. Whatever, the permutations of the final group standings, Zambia will be motivated by the monumental challenge with wounded pride on the line after the 2-0 home loss in the first leg. With Covid-19 bottlenecks that knocked out some Britain based stars in the first leg, it will be a far stronger Chipolopolo side that strolls onto the Stade Hammadi El Agrebi Stadium this evening with the availability of the red-hot pair of Patson Daka (Leicester City) and Fashion Sakala, while the on-song Evans Kangwa adds up to the potency of Zambia. Sweden based Emmanuel Banda has also added part of the flair that made him a permanent fixture in the all-conquering under-20 squad of 2017.
The gloves-man spot is likely to fall to the hugely improved Toaster Nsabata while Tandi Mwape, Dominic Chamda look set to man the command post at the back. Options abound for Chambeshi with the return to action players that were knocked out by the card-happy Moroccan referee Al Jafaari who red carded Prince Mumba and dished out cards to Daka and Chapa that ruled them out of successive matches.
However, the North Africans will be hoping to erase their stumble in Malabo where they lost 1-0 to Equatorial Guinea on Saturday by competing a double over Chipolopolo.
Skipper Wahbi Khazri who contributed a goal in the first leg will be one of the men to look out in the Tunisian set up with Seifeddine Jaziri another potential threat. Perhaps Tunsia’s biggest strength is their goalkeeper Ben Mustapha whose match winning saves has carried the Eagles this far.
Kickoff for the match is at 21:00 hours (CAT) and will be live on ZNBC TV1.