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Zambia and Algeria chase first World Cup qualifier win in Lusaka

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Fri September 01, 12:00

Zambia will want to bag their first win in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers when they host Algeria on Saturday.

Chipolopolo are desperate for a win as they want to make their maiden appearance at the global football tournament in Russia.

However, coach Wedson Nyirenda's men are placed at number three in Group B with one point after a draw against Cameroon and a loss to Nigeria.

A win for the Southern Africans will elevate them to number two with five points, depending on the outcome of the match between Nigeria and Cameroon on Friday.

“Algeria are a strong side and we will have to approach them with a lot of caution but we do not fear them, we just respect them,” Nyirenda said.

“It is not going to be an easy engagement for us. We have totally a new team, a mixture of young boys and seniors. We hope to blend them.

“I can see great sparks from the boys U20, this is a group which has nothing to lose but everything to give.”

On the other hand, the visiting North Africans are also out to claim their first win to move up the log table.

Algeria sit at the bottom of the table with one point from one loss against the Super Eagles and a stalemate against the Indomitable Lions.

The National Heroes Stadium is the venue for the crucial encounter on Saturday with kick-off set for 15:00 (CAT).

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