Lemogang Maswena of Botswana challenged by Siyabonga Nhlapho of South Africa during 2018 Chan Qualifiers game between South Africa and Botswana at Moruleng Stadium on 22 July 2017 ©Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix
Thursday Aug 17, 2017. 16:30
Zambia will want to wrap up the second leg of their 2018 CAF African Nations Championship qualifier when they host South Africa on Saturday.
Chipolopolo are in high spirits after their hard fought 2-2 draw against Bafana Bafana last week in East London.
A win or a goalless draw or a 1-1 draw for coach Wedson Nyirenda's charges will book them a spot in Kenya for the tournament next year.
The hosts are favourites to claim a win and Nyirenda is expected to push his men to book a spot at the tournament to make their second appearance at CHAN.
Nyirenda will pin his hopes on the likes of Martin Phiri and Justin Shonga to score once again as they did in the opening leg.
Coming to the visitors, the depleted Bafana will find the going tough in Ndola on match day as more players have left the national team camp.
Coach Stuart Baxter will not lead the side as he will allow assistants Thabo Senong and Quinton Fortune to take charge of the tie.
Although they failed to reach the knockout stages of the tournament in 2014, Bafana hosted the showpiece in Cape Town and will now want to make it to Kenya.
Despite netting through Gift Motupa and captain Mario Booysen in the first leg, their failure to clear their lines at home means they are under pressure to score.
This crucial encounter is set to be staged at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, kick-off is at 15:00 (CAT).