Zambia visit Kenya, Congo go top of Group E

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Chipolopolo players
Chipolopolo players

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.

George Lwandamina and Kalusha Bwalya in Kenya
George Lwandamina and Kalusha Bwalya in Kenya
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10 COMMENTS

    • There is with black Adidas boots at the back?? color of the boot has nothing to do with wins. The best team will always win??

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  1. Zambia is going NOWHERE….its laughable the Galu with a jersey round his neck like a upper class English boy can not get an official training kit for the national team with local company sponsors on it to maximise revenue for the FAZ.

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  2. Look at the big belly of the coach, we won’t qualify
    These officials are so corrupt,we will crumble just like the kwacha ,there was no logic in removing Janza. See now we are going backwards, why mbesuma?

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    • There is nothing wrong with a coach being overweight its his brains and tactics that matter look at Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque is not a slim guy but has won it all with his national team!

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