Ex-Zambia midfielder Jericho Shinde says it is important that Chipolopolo wins their opening 2015 Africa Cup match against DR Congo to be played in Ebebiyin on Sunday.
Zambia and Congo clash in the opening Group B match hoping to launch their campaign on a high note.
The 1982 Africa Cup star said the match against Congo is a must win for Honour Janza’s side.
The Nkana legend cautioned Zambia against underestimating their rivals.
“I think we should respect our opponents because there are no small teams this time around,” Shinde said.
“The game against Congo is very important because you know in such tournaments the first game is very important. We should not even think of a draw we need maximum three points,” he noted.
Shinde is upbeat about Zambia’s chances in Group B which has Tunisia and Cape Verde as well.
“There is no need to panic and I think we will be able to go through to the next round.”