The Chipolopolo Boys are ready for Black Mambas
The Chipolopolo Boys are expected to fly to the battle zone on Friday ahead of Sunday’s mouth watering Cameroon 2019 African Cup of Nations clash against Mozambique.
The Sven Vandenbroeck coached have been in Johannesburg, South Africa since Sunday preparing for the Mambas.
It promises to be an explosive match in Maputo as the two Southern African rivals go head to head.
With Equatorial Guinea and Namibia on 7 points while Mozambique and Zambia still lagging on 4 points, a defeat for either side in Maputo will mark the end of the journey to Yaounde.
In the build up to the Maputo clash, Vandenbroeck has done his ground work.
In the aftermath of the 2-1 defeat to Guinea Bissau, the Belgian trainer travelled to Windhoek and watched Mozambique’s defeat to Namibia.
After that scouting mission, Vandenbroeck headed to Maputo this time to check on the weather conditions as well as the playing surfaces at the 42, 000 capacity Estádio Nacional do Zimpeto.
There was also a trip to Milpak Garden Inn hotel in South Africa.
On his return, Vandenbroeck recommended that the team camp in South Africa and his wish was granted.
And reports from Inside Chipolopolo camp, Vandenbroeck has declared the team ready and they are raring to go.
Though Zambia suffered a home loss to Mozambique on match day 1 at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium last year, the Copper Bullets have a better head to head over their neighbours.
In 2011, Dario Bonetti’s Copper Bullets silenced the home crowd with a win thanks to goals from Collins Mbesuma and substitute Emmanuel Mayuka as the Chipolopolo booked qualification to the Gabon/Equatorial Guinea African Cup of Nations.
That squad featured one of Zambia’s best ever talent and five months later, they delivered Zambia’s first ever major title.
Three years later, Honor Janza went with an inexperienced squad to Maputo after he axed the old guards and against all odds, qualification to AFCON 2015 was secured thanks to a Given Singuluma winner.
Will Sven’s fledglings emulate the legendary class of ’12 and Janza’s 2015 transition squad?
The nation awaits on Sunday!
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