The 2017 Africa Cup qualifying show is over but we take a look how Zambia’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B opponents fared and closed their respective qualifying race for next January’s continental championship to be hosted by Gabon.
On Sunday, Algeria smashed Lesotho 6-0 at home to finish unbeaten and as runaway leaders in Group J on 16 points, five points ahead of Ethiopia.
Striker El Arbi Soudani of Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia scored a brace in the 8th and 39th minutes.
Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez also scored a brace with goals in the 17th and 74th minutes.
Midfielders Saphir Taider and Ryad Boudebouz of Torino and Montpellier added a goal each in the 24th and 45th minute respectively.
Cameroon also qualified unbeaten in Group M on 14 points, six points ahead of Mauritania after a 2-0 home win over Gambia on Saturday.
Marseille striker Bejamin Moukanjo put Cameroon ahead from the penalty spot in the 35th minute and another Ligue 1-based attacker Karl Toko Ekambi of Metz added the final goal in the 53rd minute.
Nigeria, like Zambia, are not going to the Africa Cup but they won after a 1-0 home win over Tanzania on Saturday.
Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho scored the games lone goal in the 79th minute.
ZAMBIA’S 2018 WORLD CUP GROUP B FIXTURES: