THE Chipolopolo yesterday arrived in Brazzaville ahead of a crucial 2017 Gabon Africa Cup of Nations Group E return leg qualifier against Congo tomorrow at Massemba-Débat Stadium.
Minister of Sports Vincent Mwale, Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) president Andrew Kamanga and 60 fans travelled with the team.
Zambia had their training session in the afternoon with coach George Lwandamina encouraging the boys to go into the game with a right attitude.
“We need to put behind the draw and focus on Sunday’s game. A positive attitude is needed to record a win. This game is important because we need to top the group. We have two days to build up to the game and hence dedication and hard work is required of each player,” he said.
Mwale had earlier on Thursday implored the team to put a good performance to shoot to the top of the table.
“We have a positive history in Congo with Collins Mbesuma scoring a hat-trick in 2007”.
Meanwhile, Congo has suffered a setback as their leading striker Thievy Bifouma is ruled out of tomorrow’s game after accumulating two yellow cards in the qualifying series.
Bifouma caused havoc on the Zambia defence in the first leg played at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Wednesday and in the process collected the second yellow card.
But Congo coach Pierre Lechantre said the team was still prepared for a win despite Bifouma being ruled out.
“It is unfortunate that we will be without one of our good players in Sunday’s important game. But that is part of football and we are ready for anything.
“Our target is to collect maximum points at home. The 1-all draw in Ndola was a plus for us and now we just need a win to dominate the group,” he said.
Zambia drew 1-1 against Congo in the first leg played in Ndola on Wednesday and the two teams clash tomorrow in a return leg.
The Zambian team has goal keepers: Kennedy Mweene, Jacob Banda and Racha Kola
Defenders: Stephen Kabamba, Stopilla Sunzu, Chongo Kabaso , Davies Nkausu, Buchizya Mfune, Adrian Chama, and Nathan Sinkala
Midfielders: Christopher Katongo, , Jackson Chirwa, , Rainford Kalaba, Isaac Chansa, Salulani Phiri, Clatous Chama Chota, Spencer Sautu and Lubambo Musonda and Benson Sakala,
Strikers: Winston Kalengo, Collins Mbesuma and Conlyde Luchanga