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Chipolopolo focus on Battle of the Zambezi, as Warriors declare war

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The Chipolopolo boys dusted themselves off in the aftermath of Thursday’s 3-3 draw with Algeria that ended their chase for Africa Cup of Nations qualification and have trained their guns towards the Warriors of Zimbabwe in the Battle of the Zambezi encounter tomorrow.

Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic and his technical bench are firmly focusing on Monday’s final Group H match against Zimbabwe in Harare to set the tempo for looming Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers where Zambia will face Equatorial Guinea, Mauritania, and Tunisia in Group B.

Micho led his charges in an intense session at Edwin Imboela Stadium with the players showing no signs of slowing down despite the collapse of the Cameroon 2021 Africa Cup of Nations dream.

The team left for Harare ahead of Monday’s final group match.

Algeria and Zimbabwe have qualified from Group H with the North Africans raking unassailable 11 points while the Warriors have eight.

Botswana and Zambia have four points and will be playing for pride in their final group matches.

On Thursday, Zambia came from two goals down to record a 3-all draw with goals from Clatous Chama and a Patson Daka brace for Zambia in a thrilling encounter at National Heroes Stadium.

Meanwhile, the Warriors have declared war against the Copper Bullets.

Speaking during the Zimbabwe vs Zambia pre-match media briefing held in the capital this afternoon, Warriors coach, Zdravko Logarusic, said he is going to give a chance to players who have not had enough time to showcase what they can do for the national team.

Apparentlty, Warriors midfielder and vicecaptain, Ovidy Karuru said though they have already qualified for the finals set for Cameroon, the team will still play to win the Battle for the Zambezi tomorrow.

“We are going to play the game tomorrow to win, for the pride of the nation.

“There is no joy in qualifying when we lose the final qualifier.

“It will be exciting because most of the players across the teams know each other,” he said.

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