FAZ vice President Boniface Mwamelo says Football House expects Zambia to retain the Cosafa Castle Cup.
The 2015 Cosafa Cup kicked off on Sunday in South Africa and Zambia will only enter the fray on Sunday with a quaterfinal clash against the winners of Group A which has Zimbabwe, Namibia, Seychelles.
Zambia are on bye from the preliminary group stage.
“Obviously, being defending champions our expectations are that the national team will be able to rise to the occasion and reclaim the title,” Mwamelo said.
“As defending champions we will be a team to beat and we expect stiff competition,” he said.
Mwamelo said the 20-member team coach Honour Janza is taking to South Africa was formidable.
The squad has seven foreign based players amongst them Kennedy Mweene, Nathan Sinkala, Evans Kangwa, Aaron Katebe and Emmanuel Mbola.
“The team which the coach has picked is equal to the task and they should be able to do the country proud,” Mwamelo said.
The Cosafa Cup was last staged in 2013 when Zambia hosted and won the regional competition to tie on a record four titles with Zimbabwe.
Meanwhile, Zambia is scheduled to leave for South Africa on Wednesday.