Chipolopolo in crucial Mambas test

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Zambia face arguably their most daunting fixture of the Cameroon 2019 AFCON qualifying campaign when they take on the Mambas of Mozambique on their own turf this afternoon.

The Chipolopolo take to the pitch knowing anything less than three points will all but condemn them to a second consecutive absence from the tournament they won just six years ago.

Sven Vandenbroeck’s men will also be looking to avenge the embarrassing 1-0 home defeat to the Mambas on match day one at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in June 2017.

The Chipolopolo has regenerated itself since that fixture and will be hoping that the youthful ensemble that forms the core of the team now will deliver the ultimate blow to the Mambas.

Coach Sven Vandenbroeck needs no reminder that victory will put Zambia in a strong position to qualify for the Cameroon 2019 AFCON with the final fixture being at home against Namibia.

The 0-0 draw result between Namibia and Guinea Bissau may have given Zambia’s campaign a lifeline but the Chipolopolo will have to win to make good on their chances.

Skipper Kennedy Mweene is expected to start between the sticks with the central defence pairing of Stoppilla Sunzu and Kabaso Chongo a sure bet while Lawrence Chungu and Simon Silwimba may complete the backline.

In midfield Vandenbroeck may keep faith the 2012 Africa Cup winning midfield general Nathan Sinkala alongside the more versatile Enock Mwepu although Polokwane City hard man Salulani Phiri could be preferred to hold things down.

Armenia based Lubambo Musonda and wing wizard Augustine Mulenga could take up the wings with the point man slot expectedly left to Patson Daka alongside the in-form Orlando Pirates striker Justin Shonga.
Vandenbroeck may also bank on experience and throw in Rainford Kalaba but that could depend on the gaffer’s match day plan.

Kickoff is at 15:30 hours (Zambian time).
Zambia is at the foot of the table with four points while table toppers Guinea Bissau has eight points alongside Namibia.

Mozambique has also four points with the mambas’ final match away to Guinea Bissau on the final day of qualifiers in March next year.

The match will be beamed live on SuperSport 9.


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