The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) has officially announced that the Group H encounter between Zambia and Ivory Coast, a crucial match in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, will be held at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
This confirmation was made by FAZ Supremo Andrew Ndanga Kamanga in his weekly update on the official Facebook Page of the association, as reported by the ZamFoot Crew.
Scheduled for June 17th, the match will take place at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, which boasts a capacity of 49,800 and is located in the Copperbelt region.
Kamanga has called upon all stakeholders involved to contribute their efforts and ensure the resounding success of this significant event.
Kamanga emphasised the importance of the upcoming fixture, stating, “We are pleased to announce that the Group H Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ivory Coast has been scheduled for June 17, 2023, at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola. This match holds immense significance, and we urge all stakeholders to join forces and play their part in ensuring its resounding success.
If we can channel even half of the dedication we invest in other ventures towards supporting our Chipolopolo in their quest for AFCON qualification, we have no doubt that the team will secure qualification on home soil. The players and technical staff will rely on this additional support to bring pride to our nation.”
Kamanga further stated, “On our part, we have been working closely with the technical bench to devise an intensive program for the team, considering the players’ impending conclusion of their seasons.
There is a high probability that coach Avram Grant will have the players at his disposal for a longer period than the previous assignment against Lesotho.
We appeal to the fans to fill up Levy Mwanawasa Stadium with an even greater spirit than they did during the match against Lesotho. As always, we will fulfil our administrative responsibilities to ensure the team is well-prepared.”
With just one point required to secure qualification for their first Africa Cup of Nations since 2015, the Chipolopolo Boys are currently placed second in Group H, with 9 points, trailing Ivory Coast, the current leaders, by only one point.
Comoros occupies the third position on the Group H log table with 3 points, while Lesotho sits at the bottom with only one point.