Zambia attempt to end a miserable run against Egypt on Sunday when they meet in a friendly in Dubai.
Zambia have failed to beat Egypt in the last seven games since beating The Pharaohs 3-1 in the 1996 Africa Cup quarterfinals.
Chipolopolo’s best result against Egypt was a 1-1 away draw in a 2010 World Cup group qualifier away in Cairo.
Zambia are using the match to prepare for their two-leg date 2018 World Cup qualifying date against Sudan in November and 2016 CHAN qualifier against Mozambique this Saturday in Ndola.
“We need games that will challenge us like this Egypt game,” Zambia first-choice goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene said.
“It is not good to play games that you definitely know that you will win.
“It’s a game that has come at a right time, wen we are preparing to play Sudan.”
Meanwhile, Egypt will be coach George Lwandamina’s first high profile opponent since he took charge in June.
And with in-form Collins Mbesuma and Winston Kalengo on one and three goals respectively under Lwandamina, the new boss will be hoping the duo can lift the teams spirits in the absence of the talisman captain Rainford Kalaba who will miss the friendly due to a family bereavement.