Monday Nov 15, 2021. 16:00
Chipolopolo Zambia have nothing to fear, says coach Beston Chambeshi ahead of Tuesday’s final of FIFA World Qatar 2022 Group B qualifier against hosts Tunisia in Rades.
Third placed Chipolopolo battle leaders Tunisia who are reeling from their first Group B defeat after losing 1-0 away to number two team Equatorial Guinea on November 13 in Malabo.
The result left Tunisia tied on 10 points with Equatorial Guinea and must now beat Zambia on November 16 to ensure they progress to next March’s final play-offs round.
But Zambia have all of a sudden found themselves with a slender mathematical chance of making the playoffs following Saturday’s emphatic 4-0 home win over Mauritania in Lusaka that moved them within three points of Tunisia.
Zambia immediately after that victory took a scheduled overnight flight to Tunis via Dubai and arrived in Tunisia at lunchtime on Sunday.
“We are working on the team, especially on the physical condition. As you know, we just played a game on Saturday so we are trying our level best so that the team is well conditioned for tomorrow’s game,”Chambeshi said.
Chambeshi’s side must at least beat Tunisia by 3-0 and hope to have done enough to advance to next March’s playoff stage.
“So far so good and we have no injuries which is good for the team,” Chambeshi said.
“One good thing is that it will be an open game so we have nothing to fear.
“All that we need is to handle them well and make sure we attack because this game is not about a draw but we also have to be cautious in defence but the only way to defend again is to attack.”