After taking Tunisia apart for most of the match but missing that “second pull” of the trigger to seal a win, the Chipolopolo return to the battlefield on Sunday to face a wounded Lions squad, which was not so indomitable against Gabon.
In a high stakes match, both teams will seek to collect maximum points to stake a claim for one of the two group quarterfinal places. Anything less than victory for either side would almost certainly end any Nations Cup hopes of success.
Zambia coach Herve Renard is well aware of the challenge and is ready for it. In taking his squad through the morning workout, Renard challenged them to train hard, fight for every ball and ensure that they remain confident and determined to hold the Lions at bay and unleash their full power for a possible victory.
“I want you to visualise the goals you will score against Cameroon; I want you to see in your mind how you will be very tight playing them in defence and midfield. Most importantly, work hard and visualise the goals,” Renard said.
He told the media “that the game against Cameroon will be difficult because Zambia will be facing a wounded lion and that comes with the potential of being tough opponents.”
“We don’t need to be scared. We have to be brave and take them on. Anything is possible and we will be confident to remain disciplined and not give away any goals. They’re a good side but we’re also good and we know our ability. If we work hard for each other and play well on the ground, we can do well. We set ourselves a target and we have to achieve it,” the Zambian trainer said.
Gabon beat Cameroon 1-0 and lead the group with three points, while Zambia is second with Tunisia on a point each. Cameroon is bottom with no goals and no points.
Venue: National Stadium Tundavala
Kick-off: 8:30pm Zambian time (7:30pm Angolan time)
Zambia: Mweene Kennedy, Kakonje Kalililo, Banda Jacob, Musonda Joseph, Nyirenda Thomas, Mbola Emmanuel, Kampamba Chintu, Banda Dennis, Hichani Hiomnde, Sunzu Stoppila, Kasonde Francis, Chansa Isaac, Njobvu William, Kalaba Rainford, Chivuta Noah, Katongo Felix, Mulenga Clifford, Mulenga Jacob, Chamanga James, Singuluma Given, Katongo Christopher, Mayuka Emmanuel, Collins Mbesuma.