ALEX NJOVU, Maputo
ZAMBIA today are poised to qualify for the 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) finals when they take on Mozambique in the last round return leg at Machava Stadium in Maputo.
The Chipolopolo need to avoid a 4-0 defeat to secure a slot at next yearâ€™s finals.
Mozambique need to score four unanswered goals to book a ticket to Rwanda.
Zambia bashed Mozambique 3-0 in the first leg at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola last Saturday.
The teams have met 18 times with the Chipolopolo winning 16 while two matches have ended in draws.
Chipolopolo coach George Lwandamina, who was in charge of the team that failed to qualify for the 2011 edition in Sudan, knows failure to clinch qualification will be disastrous.
â€œWe are taking this game seriously. We have not yet qualified. We have another 90 minutes to be played in Maputo. We have put the 3-0 win behind us. There is no room for complacency,â€ Lwandamina said.
To keep the dominance over Mozambique, Lwandamina will pair Winston Kalengo with Moses Phiri in attack.
Kalengo, who has scored three goals in the competition, has urged his team-mates to avoid complacency.
â€œWe will not take the game casually even if we are leading from the first leg. We have seen many teams being upset after leading in the first leg. For us, we are going to Mozambique without a point. We will forget about the three points we collected from the first leg,â€ Kalengo said.
Victory in Maputo will be a present to the country, which celebrated its 51st independence anniversary yesterday.
Conlyde Luchanga, who contributed a goal in Ndola, and Festus Mbewe are other options for goals.
Jackson Chirwa and Paul Katema will take charge of proceedings in the midfield alongside Charles Zulu and Spencer Sautu, who contributed a goal last Saturday.
To keep Mozambican strikers at bay, Dauti Musekwa, Boyd Mkandawire, Christopher Munthali and Buchizya Mfune will form the rearguard while skipper Jacob Banda will be in goal.
The Mambas will attack from the first whistle in a quest to stage one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the CHAN.
The Mozambicans have been offered US$1,200 (about K14,000) if they qualify for the tournament in Rwanda.
Mozambique coach Helder â€˜Mano Manoâ€™ Muianga is confident of scoring three goals.
â€œWe are capable of scoring three goals; we are working hard. We want to take the game to penalties,â€ Muianga said.
Mozambique will bank on Isaac Cavarlho, Luis Miquissone, Nelson Debroso and Reinildo for victory.
Meanwhile, Zambiaâ€™s High Commissioner to Mozambique Paul Lumbi has urged the national team to conclude the Independence celebrations with victory over the Mambas.
Lumbi, who visited the team at Afrin Hotel in Maputo on Friday, encouraged the players to remain disciplined and make the nation proud.
He said the High Commission will mobilise local fans who will compliment fans that will travel from Zambia today.
Government has chartered a flight for fans who will be led by Deputy Minister of Youth, Sport and Child Development Ronald Chitotela to cheer the team at Machava Stadium in Maputo.
ALEX NJOVU, Maputo