Zambia is expected to arrive in Equatorial Guinea on the eve of the Africa Cup kickoff on Friday.
According to the arrival schedule released by CAF, Honour Janza’s side is expected to land in Equatorial Guinea at 12h00 local time on Wednesday.
Zambia has been camped in South Africa for the past three weeks to prepare for the Africa Cup.
There are scanty details on Chipolopolo’s pending journey from their training base in Johannesburg to Equatorial Guinea after they were earlier expected back home on January 11 to catch a flight from Lusaka to Equatorial Guinea.
However, reports now state that Zambia will fly out on Thursday on Ethiopian Airlines from Johannesburg and land in Malabo via Addis Ababa on Friday, just 48 hours before they face DR Congo in their Group B opener.
From Malabo, Zambia will take another roughly 45 minute hop by air from the island to the mainland to Mongomo and later take a 45 minute drive on the last leg to their Group B base in Ebebiyin.
The news brings back Zambia’s recent travel ordeals during a dramatic 2015 Africa Cup qualifying run whose highlight came on September 9 when they arrived at dawn on the day of the match against Cape Verde that they lost 2-1.