Namibia, Zambia out to break their duck in Windhoek

Namibia, Zambia out to break their duck in Windhoek
Victor Moses of Nigeria and Chisamba Lungu of Zambia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match between Nigeria and Zambia on 07 October 2017 at Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, Nigeria ©Kabiru Abubakar/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 07, 2018. 13:15

Southern African rivals Namibia and Zambia will be aiming to break their duck when they lock horns in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on Saturday afternoon.

Kick-off is at 16h00 CAT.

Both Namibia and Zambia suffered defeats in their respective opening round Group K fixtures last year.

Chipolopolo suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at home to Mozambique while Namibia lost by the same scoreline away to Guinea-Bissau. As a result, their clash in the Namibian capital makes it a must win for both teams.

Zambia, who were crowned Afcon champions in 2012, last played against neighbours Zimbabwe in the 2018 Cosafa Cup final, losing 4-2 after extra-time. The Copper Bullets beat Namibia on penalties in the quarterfinal stage of the same competition.

Sven Vandenbroeck will be aiming to reignite Zambia's Afcon hopes as the country set their sights on returning to Africa's biggest stage, having missed out on qualification for the showpiece in Gabon. The Belgian took over the national team reins in July.

The Brave Warriors of Namibia lost 4-1 to South Africa in their most recent encounter. Namibia last qualified for the Afcon tournament in 2008, crashing out in the group stages in Ghana.

They also bowed out in the group stages of their only other appearance at an Afcon tournament, back in 1998 when the competition was hosted in Burkina Faso.

In contrast, Zambia have qualified for 16 Afcon tournaments, with their only win coming back in 2012 when they beat Ivory Coast in that memorable final showdown.

Referee Juste Ephrem Zio of Burkina Faso will take charge of the clash.

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