Honour Janza heads into his 18th match in charge on Sunday when Zambia face Ethiopia in a friendly away in Addis Ababa.

Zambia and Ethiopia meet in a pre-2017 Africa Cup qualifier warm-up ahead of their opening group home games against Guinea Bissau and Lesotho respectively next Saturday.

The match will also be the first meeting between the two teams since the 2015 Africa Cup in South Africa that ended 1-1 at Mbombela.

“Our focus is the Africa Cup qualifier against Guinea Bissau,” Janza said.

“We will use the friendly against Ethiopia to prepare the team although preparations started a long time ago.”

Janza heads into the friendly with seven wins, five draws and as many defeats.

The match also comes a week after their poor showing at the 2015 Cosafa cup in South Africa where they failed to retain their crown.

Zambia went on to lose 1-0 Malawi in the consolation Plate finals after they were earlier beaten on post-match penalties at the quarterfinal stage to eventual winners Namibia at the quarterfinal stage.

The pressure has been growing on Janza since that poor Cosafa Cup outing with his future is hanging in a balance.

Meanwhile, Janza will have half of his team available for the match with the exception of goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene and captain Rainford Kalaba who have been excused for the match.

But the match will mark the return of striker Emmanuel Mayuka who will play in his first competitive game after a six-month layoff since sustaining a groin injury in a 2-1 loss to Tunisia on January 22 at the 2015 Africa Cup in Equatorial Guinea.

Defender Emmanuel Mbola, midfielders Kondwani Mtonga and Nathan Sinkala including striker Given Singuluma also have made the trip.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Janza has no vision for our team. Mweene and Mbola are 2 of our biggest liabilities, yet he still doesn’t seem to be training anyone to replace them. At this year’s just ended Cosafa Tournament the Mozambican coach had 8 new players from his development side and his team still managed to qualify for the finals, but Ba Janza and Kalusha are just chimbwis with no plan!

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  2. As long as our Zambian League is poor, we can replace as many managers and players as we can, but we shall forever be poor as a team.

    Improve academies and the Zambian league and our National Team shall improve

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