While Zambia were still marooned in Johannesburg, their three 2015 Africa Cup Group B opponents are already stretching out at their Ebebiyin base.
Operational reasons have been given by officials for Zambia’s 72 hour delayed departuire in Equatorial Guinea after the team failed to arrive in Malabo at lunchtime on Wednesday.
DR Congo arrived on Wednesday after flying in from neighbouring Cameroon where they were camped for two weeks and even trained later in the afternoon.
Cape Verde too are in Ebebiyin after flying from Senegal via Benin on Wednesday after camping in Dakar where they had stopped over for four days from Portugal to play a friendly against Congo Brazzavillle that they won 3-2 last Saturday.
Tunisia also landed in Equatorial Guinea after flying straight from Tunis.
Meanwhile, Zambia are only expected to leave on Thursday at 14h00 for Equatorial Guinea via Addis Ababa and land in Malabo on Friday just 48 hours before they face DR Congo in their opening Group B match on January 18.