Algeria welcome high flying Zambia in Constantine

Algeria welcome high flying Zambia in Constantine
Ghezzal Rachid fights for the ball against Zambia defender Ziyo Tembo

by Staff Reporter

Monday Sep 04, 2017. 13:30

The Desert Warriors of Algeria will be looking to bounce back when they host Zambia on Tuesday in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

The North Africans are still licking their wounds after a shocking 3-1 defeat at the hands of Chipolopolo on Saturday in Lusaka.

For this encounter, they will want to keep their hopes alive by ensuring they retain the full three points at home come Tuesday.

Coach Lucas Alcaraz's troops remain rooted at the bottom of Group B with one point from two losses and a draw thus far.

Looking at the Southern Africans, Zambia now occupy the second spot in the group with four points from one win, one loss and one draw.

The win at home has motivated coach Wedson Nyirenda's men as they will want to book their maiden spot at the global tournament in Russia.

One of the goalscorers, Enock Mwepu said they must be ready for a tough match as the hosts will not be easy to beat at home.

“It was my target to score on my debut and I am very happy to come in as a substitute to score. I believe we need to continue working hard so that we beat Algeria in the return match in their backyard,” said Mwepu.

Although it will not be easy to bag a win in Constantine, the Zambians' fighting spirit is what the Algerians must ensure they neutralise come Tuesday.

This thrilling encounter will be staged Stade Mohamed-Hamlaoui in Constantine and kick-off is at 21:00 (CAT).

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