The Zambia senior Men’s National Team Africa Cup of Nations campaign is back in focus this evening (Monday) when they take on Botswana in a crunch Group H encounter at the Obed Itani Chilume Stadium in Francistown.
Zambia and Botswana duelled on Thursday in Lusaka at the National Heroes Stadium in the first leg with the Chipolopolo edging out the Zebras 2-1.
The first leg result will be crucial in how the return leg plays out with Adel Amrouche’s side looking to use home ground advantage.
There was no such thing when the two sides met last year in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers where the two teams settled for a barren draw.
Both sides are looking to win to keep their AFCON dreams alive with Botswana lying rock bottom with a point while Zambia is above them with three.
Chipolopolo coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has injected a new sense of belief in a Zambia side dominated by local players.
Micho has reinvigorated the Chipolopolo but has urged caution ahead of the Zebras clash.
“I am not a person that will talk big, I believe let our performance talk louder than our words,” he said.
Zambia should be wary of the threat posed Tumisang Orebonye, Mothuis Cooper and Mosha Gaolalolwe among others.
But Micho has enough armoury in his admirably balanced attack that has enough cover on and off the pitch.
The match kicks-off at 18:00 hours with BTV beaming it live.