Former Zambia midfielder Linos Makwaza is advising Chipolopolo to win home games in the final stage of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Makwaza said it was worrying to see Zambia fail to win a single home game in their flopped 2017 Africa Cup qualifying campaign.

Zambia’s only Group E home win came in a 2-1 away victories over Kenya in September, 2015 and their only win to date at Levy was a 2-0 victory over Sudan in a preliminary round 2018 qualifier on November 15.

Since then, Zambia have gone on to draw 0-0 and 1-1 with Congo-Brazzaville and Kenya respectively in Group E qualifiers.

Zambia faces Nigeria in the opening Group B match of the Russia World Cup qualifiers on October 9 at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola seeking their first home win in 2018.

“My main concern is the way we have been performing at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium. I think in the World Cup qualifiers we must take advantage of home games,” Makwaza said.

“It is very important for us to start the World Cup qualifiers with a win,” the Napsa Stars deputy coach said.

Makwaza tipped Zambia to perform well against Nigeria in the group opener.

“Zambia always performs well when they are playing big teams. Therefore we expect a good game against Nigeria,” he said.

Zambia will also tackle Cameroon and Algeria in Group B.

“The players must die a little for mother, we are behind them and we wish them the best.”

Zambia has never qualified to the FIFA World Cup at senior level.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. While other leaders are busy with sideline bilateral meetings on how to better their countries, Lungu chartered a high cost jet just in order to go and dance dununa reverse in America using tax payers money!!
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  2. To win a game you need to score more goals than your opponent. But who is going to score in Zambia? All players in Africa are carrying anointing water in their pockets & socks when playing whilst those of Zambia are still carrying which doctors’ charms in their pockets & socks. With the creation of the Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs, may be fortunes may change for better for Zambia, unless the people in charge of the ministry are carrying charms in their wallets and handbags.

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  3. I’m concerned that upto now Chipolopolo does not have a full time coach. I’m sure we will be serious with a coach after drawing or losing our first game. After the much published Coach interviews, FAZ has gone mute. We never learn. Elo when you lose or draw too many games at a stadium, it’s not a myth to change the venue. Kanshi ninshi heroes stadium was made for political rallies,funerals and inaugurations?

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  4. zambian football has gone down due to zambian players are lazy and clubs have no sponsorship like we had during zccm. you are going to talk on zambian football but to no avail. look at FAZ, when KALUSHA was there they where talking too much now look at KAMANGA he has even failed to organized even a single friendly for the chipolopolo. easy to say hard to do. KALUSHA WAS THE MAN.

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  5. I couldn’t agree more! How on earth you are preparing for high level games like world cup without friendlies? What preparation would you say you have done as FAZ to prepare for Nigeria game? They condemned Kalusha like he was a murderer but they are not implementing a single logical thing in football “preparation” for huge games. I may ask FAZ, how do you prepare for a big game? Have we done anything about it that preparation? Do we need to have a coach to line up friendlies? Can you tell the nation how you feel about your football team’s readiness to play a huge nation like Nigeria? Be honest with yourselves! If you will get a draw, you are fortunate!

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  6. Readiness is supposed to shown by the leaders at the helm of things. But if you are silent and nothing is being said and done then you are failures and if you fail the first game, just quit and leave the sit to someone who really wants success! Looking forward.

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