Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda has warned that they have a lot of work to do despite overcoming a tough Uganda by an emphatic score line.
Zambia showed character on January 14 and toiled to a 3-1 win over a sleek Uganda to go top of Group B at 2018 CHAN on Sunday in Marrakech.
“We cannot go to sleep and think we have already qualified. We have three points apiece with Namibia and the race is still open,” Nyirenda said.
Namibia are second on 3 points after beating third placed Cote d’Ivoire also on Sunday.
Uganda are bottom on zero points.
Zambia play Cote d’Ivoire on Thursday in their penultimate Group B match.
A win in that match could see Zambia qualify to the quarterfinals with a match to spare.
“This is a marathon which means we all have two games to go therefore we can only think about being qualified after playing the third game,” Nyirenda said.
“We are not going to relax, I believe the way Uganda is playing we should not be surprised to find them qualifying because we have seen the way they are playing. Any other team can qualify.”
Meanwhile, striker Alex Ng’onga and defender Simon Silwimba are battling to be fit to face Cote d’Ivoire after sustaining injuries against Uganda that saw them sit out Monday training.