Zambia on Saturday kickoff their 2017 Africa Cup qualifying campaign with a home Group E match against Guinea Bissau at Levy Mwanawasa stadium in Ndola.
This is the debut meeting between Chipolopolo and Guinea Bissau.
The 2012 African champions are favourites over the West African side that has never qualified to the Nation Cup.
Zambia face Guinea Bissau just five days after replacing coach Honour Janza with George Lwandamina who has taken over the job as acting trainer.
Lwandamina is positive that Zambia will launch the qualifying campaign with a positive result in Ndola.
“We have tried to psyche players and believe that they can deliver in the same way they used to do because it is not a team that has changed much because it is a team that has been playing well which played better football and for that, they have to start believing in themselves and deliver for zambia,” Lwandamina said.
Zambia are missing key defender Stoppila Sunzu and striker Evans Kangwa who are nursing injuries.
“Definately those are good players like any other player in the team.But the replacements will always be there. we may not see exactly what we usually expect from Sunzu and Evans but we have cover.”
Guinea Bissau are arriving in Zambia in Friday afternoon- hours before the match.
Meanwhile, Congo-Brazzaville host Kenya in the other Group E opener on Sunday in Brazzaville.