Zambia’s road to Moscow 2018 begins with a second round qualifying tie against regular World Cup foe Sudan at the end of this year.
This will be Zambia and Sudan’s fourth meeting in a World Cup qualifier.
In the first encounter, Sudan eliminated Zambia on away goals rule following a 6-6 on aggregate in what was Chipolopolo’s debut World Cup qualifying match for the Mexico 1970 tournament.
Zambia later beat Sudan 3-2 on aggregate in a preliminary round qualifying tie during the France 1998 race.
The third meeting came in the Brazil 2014 qualifiers that saw Zambia awarded a 3-0 win following a 2-0 away loss in Khartoum after Sudan had fielded an ineligible player in their opening Group 4 qualifier before drawing 1-1 in the final leg in Ndola.
Meanwhile, George Lwandamina’s side will travel to Khartoum for the first leg match on during the week-long FIFA match dates from November 9-17.
The winner over both legs that week will advance to the five-group league phase of games that will kick-off in October, 2016 with the first week of matches stretching from October 3-11 while the second bunch of games will be played during the week of November 7-15 next year.
Group winners at the end of 2017 will qualify for the Russia finals to be held from June 14 to July 15, 2018.
Zambia has never qualified to the World Cup.