Friday Oct 01, 2021. 11:00
Chipolopolo defender Simon Silwimba has described the teams Cameroon training camp as very ideal as the countdown to next week’s first leg FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B qualifier away game against Equatorial Guinea looms.
Zambia has set up a five-day transit base in Equatorial Guinea’s neighbours starting on September 30 with the fifteen home-based call-ups training under coach Beston Chambeshi.
The nine foreign-based drafts will join them at their camp in Douala later this weekend.
“This is a very important camp and we would like to thank FAZ for making these plans for us to camp in Cameroon to train and acclimatise for the conditions we expect in Equatorial Guinea,” Silwimba said.
Silwimba added that Zambia was eager to make amends for their September qualifiers setbacks by collecting maximum six points in the October Group B doubleheader against Equatorial Guinea.
September’s Group B results saw Chipolopolo beat Mauritania 2-1 away but lost 2-0 at home to Tunisia.
“The first game is very important and we are confident we can get another good away result to make our job easier in next week’s final leg at home,” Silwimba said.
“We want to ensure we ease the pressure and ensure we improve our position in the group.
“The team is also fairly balanced with the locals and foreign call-ups after the setbacks we had in September but the home-based players are now ready should anything happen again.”
English-based midfielder Enoch Mwepu and striker Patson Daka could only feature in the Mauritania game to avoid being quarantined upon return to the UK had they travelled to Covid red-listed Zambia.
Chipolopolo hosts Equatorial Guinea in the final leg on October 10.
Zambia is second on 3 points but goal difference separates them from Equatorial Guinea while Tunisia lead Group B on maximum 6 points.