Mambas out to break Chipolopolo curse in Ndola

Mambas out to break Chipolopolo curse in Ndola
Rainford Kalaba (L) of Zambia and Mikel Obi of Nigeria during a World Cup qualifier recently

by Bertin Basson

Friday Jun 09, 2017. 09:30

Mozambique will be eyeing their first win over Southern African rivals Zambia when the two nations do battle in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier this Saturday.

Kick-off at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola is scheduled for 15h00 CAT.

According to, Chipolopolo have yet to taste defeat to Os Mambas in 20 previous meetings. The 2012 champions winning 16 of those encounters - scoring 40 goals - with four matches ending all square.

Zambia are desperate to not only build on that impressive record, but also on returning to Africa's premier cup competition having missed out on qualifying for the 2017 edition in Gabon.

In total, the Copper Bullets have qualified for 17 AFCON tournaments - famously winning the competition under the tutelage of Herve Renard five years ago.

Zambia held Gabon to a goalless draw in a friendly match played in Libreville this past weekend with Wedson Nyirenda’s troops now setting their sights on Mozambique.

The influential Rainford Kalaba will captain the side with fellow veterans Kennedy Mweene and Collins Mbesuma also included in the squad.

Mozambique, who have qualified for four AFCON tournaments exiting each of those competitions in the group stages, will be aiming to qualify for their first showpiece since Angola 2010.

Zambia currently occupy 99th place in the latest FIFA World Rankings, seven places above Mozambique.

Guinea-Bissau and Namibia complete a very competitive Group K which includes three teams from Southern Africa.

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