Zambia’s road to the 2010 World Cup begins in round one pool qualifiers in Group 12 where they have a grudge meeting awaiting against 2006 World cup finalists Togo.
Coach Patrick Phiri says Togo will be the hardest team to beat in the four-nation group thanks to their recent World Cup experience.
Swaziland and Eritrea complete Group 12.
“They (Togo) have the World Cup experience and will be the strongest team but we just have to work hard because am sure they have done their homework after taking part in the finals last year,” Phiri said Sunday evening after receiving the draws.
Togo won Group 1 in the last qualifiers for the Germany finals ahead of second place finishers Senegal and number 3 team Zambia.
On their way to the Germany tournament, Togo beat Zambia 4-1 in the final Group 1 return leg between the two nations in Lome after losing 1-0 in the first leg in Lusaka.
Meanwhile there will be a first ever meeting between Zambia and Eritrea at senior level.
Swaziland and Zambia will finally meet in a World Cup qualifier after previous clashes in Africa Cup qualifiers and Cosafa Castle Cup outings.
Phiri was cautious and warned against complacency with the other two nations.
“We can only lose if we underrate them (Eritrea and Swaziland),” Phiri said.
“The most important thing is we work hard and prepare well.”
Match dates are yet o be advised by CAF.