Saturday Oct 09, 2021. 18:00
Chipolopolo captain Lubambo Musonda has issued a plea to fans to believe in the team as Zambia battles to save its fading FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying hopes.
Zambia are fighting to end a two-match losing run in Group B when they host Equatorial Guinea on October 10 at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.
Back-to-back defeats to Tunisia at home in Ndola on September 7 and away against Equatorial Guinea on October 7 by similiar2-0 score lines has left third placed Zambia’s hopes of advancing to the final knockout stage very slim as they trail six points behind leaders Tunisia.
Sunday’s match will see the gates open for 20,000 fans in the 65,000 capacity National Heroes Stadium for this crucial match following the lifting of the Covid-19 restrictions.
“The team has always been in high spirits despite the setback we suffered in Equatorial Guinea and we are looking forward to getting maximum points on Sunday. Everyone is ready, everyone knows what this game means to the team and to the nation,” Lubambo said.
“We need that support from the fans; it is times like these that we need them the most when things are not going so well.
“We need that twelfth player to give us that motivation to push us forward.”
Chipolopolo’s only Group B points came on September 3 when they beat bottom placed Mauritania 2-1 away in Nouakchott
Mauritania are bottom of Group B on zero points after three rounds played.
With three games left to play, Tunisia lead on 9 points while Equatorial Guinea is second on 6 points.