Guinea Bissau v Zambia – Preview
Competition: Africa Cup of Nations Qualification
Date: 14 October 2018
Match Day: 4
Venue: Estádio Nacional 24 de Setembro (Bissau)
The Zambia national soccer team on Sunday evening takes on Guinea Bissau in a must win encounter as the Chipolopolo look to strengthen their position in Group K.
With all teams tied on 4 points, the Sven Vandenbroeck coached side can not afford to drop points as they look to pick one of the two guaranteed qualifying positions in the group.
There is not much history between the two teams as this will only be their fourth meeting having first played in June 2015 when the West Africans held the George Lwandamina coached Chipolopolo to a 0 – 0 draw in a game Kennedy Mweene missed a late penalty. This was again in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying race.
A year later, the two teams met for the return leg and played out to a five goal thriller with Guinea Bissau out-scoring Zambia 3 – 2. The Chipolopolo conceded a 90th minute goal from Toni Silva who is in the current squad to give Guinea the ticket to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finals. Zambia scored through Collins Mbesuma and Christopher Katongo.
Zambia avenged this loss when the two teams met on Wednesday 10th October, 2018 with a good performance that saw them win 2 – 1 and the visitors had Mweene to thank for the decent slender margin in the scoreline. Zambia scored through Stopilla Sunzu and Justin Shonga.
Guinea have had a poor run of form going into this match having not a won a game – picking only a point away to Mozambique, in their last 5 games in all competitions. Their last win was a 1 – 0 home win against Namibia in June 2017.
They have one won once and drawn once in their last two home games.
Zambia on the other hand has played more games in recent periods than their hosts and have had a good run. They have only lost once to Zimbabwe and drawn once against Namibia in their last 6 games.
The stands in Bissau will not be all strange to the Zambian lads in the current squad as six players played for Chipolopolo the last time they visited the West African Country in 2016. Kennedy Mweene, Stopilla Sunzu, Nathan Sinkala, Kabaso Chongo and Rainford Kalaba started the match while Lubambo Musonda who is expected to start today came off the bench in the 65th minute.
Probable Zambia Starting XI
Coach Sven is not expected to change the winning team.
Kennedy Mweene – Solomon Sakala, Stopilla Sunzu, Kabaso Chongo, Lawrence Chungu – Nathan Sinkala, Enock Mwepu, Clatous Chama – Lubambo Musonda, Justin Shonga, Augustine Mulenga
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