THE Zambia National Team search for their first win in eight games is on as Coach Herve Renard leads his lads in the must win tie against Lesotho in tomorrow’s 2014 World Cup qualifier in Maseru.
Renard who has expressed confidence in the recalled Fwayo Tembo who plays at Astra in Romania to start alongside the in form Collins Mbesuma and 2012 Zambian player of the year Mukuka Mulenga to end the losing spirit against Lesotho.
Mbesuma who is enjoying peak form is expected to create a deadly combination with Captain Christopher Katongo after the poor performance at the 2013 AFCON finals.
Russian Based Chisamba Lungu and midfield maestro Rainford Kalaba- who is expected to be at his best after the poor performance in South Africa should supply balls for the trio Chipolopolo striking force to increase chances for the first ever World Cup appearance Brazil .
Renard should be tempted to start England based striker Emmanuel Mayuka who failed to impress the technical bench against Nigeria in the 2013 AFCON finals, but Zambia hopes to showcase its talent in Katongo and Mbesuma as the team urges qualifier for the Brazil tournament next year.
The duo had good times in 2005 when Zambia ambushed South Africa 3-0 in their own backyard with the Captain scoring a hat trick which qualified Chipolopolo for 2008 Ghana finals but the team experienced an early ejection.
They both scored against Mozambique in the qualifying matches for the 2012 AFCON under Italian trainer Dario Bonnet, and Renard knows that losing to Lesotho would put Zambia‘s World Cup dreams in doubt unless with an attacking formation.
Veteran defender Joseph Musonda who accumulated two yellow cards during AFCON will not be part of the team that play Lesotho tomorrow while fellow South African based defender Nkausu is expected to with Emmanuel Mbola on the other wing.
The Frenchman should not experiment in this game as he knows the team was now focusing on qualifying for their maiden World Cup appearance in Brazil.
Chipolopolo Boys reclaimed the top slot of Group C after FIFA awarded them three points grabbed from Sudan for featuring an ineligible player during the 2012 encounter in that country.
English League’s most wanted player Stophila Sunzu will partner with Hijane Himonde his colleague at Congolese Club TP Mazembe.
The Chipolopolo technical bench must now work on measures of making a World Cup dream achievable to add the final chapter to Zambian football.
The team is without professionals Felix Katongo, James Chamanga, Noah Chivuta, Francis Kasonde and locally based goalie Danny Munyao who did not make Renard’s selection, but the five were part of the Chipolopolo side that made the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations appearance.
Zambia, the 2012 African Champions, were disastrously booted out of the 2013 Africa Cup tournament and Head Coach Renard is looking to secure a first time World Cup place as a consolation.
Team that face Lesotho on Sunday is as follows
Joshua Titima, Racha Kola and Kennedy Mweene
Stopilla Sunzu, Hichani Himonde, Davies Nkausu and Emmanuel Mbola ,Fackson Kapumpu.
Mukuka Mulenga, Rodric Kabwe, Nathan Sinkala, Rainford Kalaba, Chisamba Lungu, Jonas Sakuwaha, Isaac Chansa and Willam Njovu Kennedy Mudenda
Emmanuel Mayuka, Collins Mbesuma, Christopher Katongo and Fyayo Tembo.