Thursday, July 25, 2024


Almost all the statistics and odds point at Algeria as favorites, meaning Zambia will need to be at the best to hold or defeat the Desert foxes who are defending champions of the Africa Cup of Nations(AFCON).

Below is some of the areas of improvement for individual players:

Toaster Nsabata|
Shouldrealizee that there are two more equally good goalkeepers on the bench, by concentrating on the entire match and work on producing a clean sheet.

Kabaso Chongo| Right Back
Herve Renard used him on the right back even though he is currently accustomed to in central defensive role at TP Mazembe.Not sure if he will bring out his best but he has a mammoth task of regularly communicating to the referee if proceedings don’t seem fair.

Lawrence Chungu| Left Back
The stage might be bigger for him but he has a long 90 minutes to make accurate challenges and avoid fouls in dangerous areas, especially that he will be directly marking Riyad Mahrez.

Tandi Mwape| Centre Back
He was impressive throughout at 2019COSAFA, able to contain all aerial balls and strong enough to challenge physical battles; but does he have the pace to contain quick counter-attacks?

Stoppila Sunzu| Centre Back
Massive experience and exposure but he has to avoid unnecessary fauls and back passes that costed Zambia against Guinea Bissau in 2016 and 2018 respectively during the same qualifiers.

Nathan Sinkala| Defensive midfield
Great experience in African Football but he has to avoid unnecessary falling because the referee might not be on Zambia’sffavor.He should also increase his mobility and intensity because this is expected to be a quick game.

Augustine Mulenga| Right winger
He is one of the most hard-working players that Zambia will be counting on because of his pace, dribbling skill and ability to track back and assist the right-back but he has not lived up to expectations lately both at Club and country, of which its time for him to unleash his strengths that left Nigeria silenced in Uyo.

Salulani Phiri| Defensive midfield
He is a good box to box and utility player that will also be in charge of creativity in attack but he could be the busiest tonight because he has to assist covering for Lawrence Chungu on the left-wing where Mahrez will be operating.

Evans Kangwa| Target man
He will playing to prove a point for missing out at national team selection for years despite enjoying game time and faith at Russian Premier League side Arsenal Tula.He hasa devastating pace and experience to destroy Algeria any minute but he has to make use of every opportunity that will come his way unlike the last time when he played in Zambia’s 2-0 win over Sudan at Levy Mwanawasa.

Justin Shonga| Holding Striker
His pace, intelligence, and precision in front of goal make him a favorite starter any day, but club record speaks low of his confidence which he has an opportunity to prove a point and attract more scouts across the world after the failed Spanish LA Liga move deal.

Cletous Chama| Left winger The fantastic player when attacking because of his genius killer passes but am Sorry tonight he may be needed to track back and help Lawrence Chungu on the left-back He also has to fight to finish the game because he tires when you need him the most.

Coach Aggrey Chiyangi|
He is a master tactician who knows how to frustrate a confident team by closing down all sensitive areas but tonight he will not have a big sized and physical holding striker to bully the Algeria defence.He will also have to find cover for the left back without a left winger who is hard running to track back the entire 90 minutes.


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