ALGERIA IN ‘COSAFA GROUP’…as Zambia is drawn against Zim, Botswana & the Desert Foxes in AFCON 2021 qualifier.
CAF 2012 African Cup of Nations Champions Zambia has been in drawn in Group H of the Cameroon 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The Chipolopolo Boys will go head to head with 2019 African Cup of Nations finalist Algeria and two neighbours Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Ecomically, it will be another manageable group as two of the away matches will just need a boat cross the Zambezi river to go and fulfil the fixture.
Caution should be taken as Zambia failed to negotiate past a group comprising of Guinea Bissau and, two Southern African countries Mozambique and Namibia in the previous qualifiers.
With Zambia being the reigning Cosafa Cup Champions, the boys from Lusaka are expected to collect maximum points against the Zebras.
Coincidently, the two sides will face each other in the CHAN qualifiers over a two legged tie in the next three weeks.
With two countries set to qualify to the Yaounde finals, Zambia and Zimbabwe will continue their regional rivalry as the ‘Battle of Zambezi’ goes continental.
While bookmakers expect Algeria to be favourites, the North Africans are wary of the Chipolopolo Boys.
During the race for the Russia 2018 World Cup, the Desert Foxes were dismantled by Enoch Mwepu and Augustine Mulenga as Zambia recorded a double over a North African opposition.
Pressure will be whoever will be in charge at Football House as the Chipolopolo faithful will not accept to watch the Cameroon edition on TV, and for the third time in row, having failed to qualify for the 2017 and 2019 edition.
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