By CHISHALA MUSONDA
COACH Joao Chissano says Mozambique will strive to cause an upset when they face Zambia in tomorrowâ€™s 2015 Morocco Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
Chissano said his charges are ready for battle.
In an interview upon arrival at Ndolaâ€™s Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport yesterday, Chissano said both teams have equal chances of winning.
â€œWe are aware of the challenge. We canâ€™t go to war knowing you will be defeated. The team has prepared well and will give the best and get the result on Saturday [tomorrow]. It will be a difficult game like any other game in the group will be difficult. We are well aware that Mozambique has never won a game in Zambia but we will do our best,â€ he said.
Chissano, however, admitted that Zambia and Cape Verde are favourites to progress to the Africa Cup of Nations finals.
â€œWe recognise that there are two tough teams in the group, Zambia and Cape Verde, who played well at the last Africa Cup in South Africa,â€ he said.
The other match in Group F will see Niger hosting Cape Verde.
Mozambique camped in South Africa for three days before flying to Ndola.
And Zambia coach Honour Janza says the players are responding positively ahead of the match against Mozambique.
â€œWe are almost there, if only the players can do one or two things then we can have a positive result,â€ said Janza after the teamâ€™s practice match against Zesco United at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola on Wednesday.
Although not happy with the fitness levels of some players, Janza is confident of getting a good response tomorrow.
â€œThat is expected as most of the players are coming from clubs that are just coming from pre-season but they are getting there. They are responding to what we want as the technical bench and we just have to wait and see what they can do,â€ he said.
Zambia will be playing their first match in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series while the Mambas have played four matches to qualify to the group stage.
Mozambique dispatched South Sudan 5-0 on aggregate before eliminating Tanzania 4-3 over two legs.
But Janza is not moved by Mozambiqueâ€™s results saying Zambia have had continuous preparations.
â€œOur flight is not starting on Saturday, we are already air-borne. Our journey started way back when we played Brazil in China and Japan in America,â€ he said.
Zambia played Brazil on October 15 last year and Japan on June 7 this year.
The Chipolopolo lost 0-2 to Brazil and 3-4 to Japan.
After tomorrowâ€™s game, Zambia travel to Praia to face Cape Verde next Wednesday.
By CHISHALA MUSONDA