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Zambia And Tunisia Set For Titanic World Cup Qualifier In Ndola

Zambia will welcome Tunisia on Tuesday in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification Group B match and will want to claim a win in front of their home fans.

The match will be staged at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium outside of Ndola, kick-off at 13h00 GMT.

The Chipolopolo got their Group B campaign off to a great start by defeating Mauritania away from home, while Tunisia registered a 3-0 win over Equatorial Guinea in Tunis on Friday.

Zambia will be determined to get one over the Carthage Eagles, having suffered a  2-1 defeat at the hands of the North Africans back in 2015 in the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Equatorial Guinea.

The Chipolopolo coach Beston Chambeshi was elated at picking the first away points but has cautioned of the threat posed by Tunisia.

“These are qualifiers, we cannot just defend, we have to make sure we attack and be cautious in defence because we are playing at home,” he said.

“Tunisia, yes, they are a big team, the Arabs play attacking football but all you must do is make sure the defence is intact and hope and trust the strikers will come to the party.”

Chambeshi will be without the services of Enock ‘Computer’ Mwepu and Patson Daka who travelled to their England after the Mauritania win due to Covid-19 restrictions.

However, Chipolopolo will be spurred by the likes of foreign quartet of Lubambo Musonda and Edward Chilufya (Sweden), Tandi Mwape (DRC) and Cyril Chibwe (RSA).

Tunisia coach Mondher Kebaie remains optimistic that his side will reach Qatar 2022, and he determined his charges to stay top of Group B at the end of the match in Ndola.

“We are sure that Zambia is a strong team but to keep our hopes of qualifying to the World Cup we have to win all our games but Tuesday’s match will not be easy,” Kebaier said.

“I am 100 percent sure that we will have a tough match but we will give it our 100 percent to win it.

“Tunisia is an experienced team and we are good travellers. So we will play with a positive mind but pay attention to our opponents and be very cautious of Zambia’s strong points.”

The other Group B clash on Tuesday afternoon sees Equatorial Guinea host Mauritania at Estadio Malabo, kick-off at 16h00 GMT.

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