STEPHEN PHIRI, Lusaka
ZAMBIA will be seeking revenge today when they face Namibia in the 2016 Rwanda African Nations Championship (CHAN) first round first leg at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek.
Smarting from the 5-4 defeat on penalties to Namibia in the quarter-finals at the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Senior Challenge Cup in Rustenburg, South Africa, on May 24, the Chipolopolo are in Windhoek to prove supremacy.
Chipolopolo coach George Lwandamina is leaving nothing to chance in a quest to prove his prowess after replacing Honour Janza.
Lwandaminaâ€™s reign started with a goalless draw with Guinea Bissau in the 2017 Gabon Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Ndola last Saturday.
â€œOur target is to win especially that we will be away but if we fail to achieve that mission then we will try to get a draw. Any team can win, otherwise we are ready,â€ said Lwandamina in an interview in Lusaka on Friday.
Lwandamina will start with Daniel Munyao in goal with Donashano Malama, Fackson Kapumbu, Christopher Munthali and Bronson Chama keeping Namibian strikers at bay.
Stand in skipper Kondwani Mtonga, Justin Zulu and Allan Mukuka will be pulling strings in midfield.
Green Buffaloesâ€™ Jackson Chirwa, Paul Katema of Red Arrows and Zanacoâ€™s Charles Zulu are other options in the middle of the pack.
Jackson Mwanza, Jimmy Ndhlovu and Patson Daka will be given responsibility of putting the ball into the net.
Lwandamina could unleash Winston Kalengo and Patrick Ngoma if the going gets tough.
Zambia finished third at the 2009 CHAN finals in Ivory Coast but failed to qualify for the 2011 Sudan and 2014 South Africa editions.
Despite Namibiaâ€™s preparations suffering a setback on Thursday following the resignation of coach Ricardo Manneti, the Brave Warriors are eager to get a double over Zambia.
Manneti has been replaced by his former assistant Ronnie Kanalelo.
With home ground support on their side, the COSAFA champions will strive to score an avalanche of goals and render the return leg a formality.
Kanalelo will rely on Itamunua Keimuine and Sadney Urikhob for victory.
The return leg is set for July 4.
STEPHEN PHIRI, Lusaka