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.