Zambia and Kenya battle to join Congo Brazzaville at the top of Group E on Sunday when they clash in an 2017 Africa Cup qualifying match in Nairobi.
Congo-Brazzaville took command of Group E on Saturday after a 4-2 away win over Guinea Bissau to go to four points thanks to four goals from striker Ferebory Dore while Zezinho scored a brace for the home side in Bissau.
With Congo-Brazzavilles win, Zambia must pick up an away victory this weekend ahead of their date against the former on match-day-three on March 23, 2016.
Kenya and Zambia head into match day two on the road to Gabon tied on 1 point each following 1-1 and 0-0 draws away against Congo-Brazzaville away on June 14 and Guinea Bissau at home on June 13 respectively.
Zambia coach George Lwandamina is especially eager to get a win after an unconvincing start to his reign three games ago against Guinea Bissau at home in Ndola.
“We have not had a smooth, run in the qualifiers but this is different we just have to be positive,” Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene said.
“There are a lot of changes in the team which are positive, so sooner than later it will pay off.”
Lwandamina is banking on experience in his team with striker Collins Mbesuma recalled while the prolific 30-year-old Zesco United striker Wintson Kalengo is in line for his Africa Cup qualifying debut.
Meanwhile, Zambia go into the 45th game against Kenya with a record of 23 wins, five draws and 16 defeats.
This will be Zambia and Kenya’s first clash in a qualifiers since 1999 when Chipolopolo defeated the Harambee Stars 1-0 away and at home in the 2000 Africa Cup qualifiers.