Zambia return to action this afternoon after a four-month hiatus with a friendly game against Zimbabwe away in Harare.
Chipolopolo have been dormant since November 12 when they drew 1-1 away to Cameroon in a 2018 FIFA World Cup Group B qualifier.
Zambia’s inactivity has seen them hoover at number 90 in the World ranking against Zimbabwe who are 109 on the FIFA table.
“It is not too long ago, since the game against Cameroon. It is good to be back. Most of the teams are using this FIFA date to play some games which is good,” Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene said.
“We have to take each and every game serious because it is a FIFA date, it always affects the ranking so it is a very serious game. ”
Mweene is the only foreign-based player in the 21-member travelling party to Harare.
The rest are home-based players as coach Wedson Nyirenda begins to build a team for July’s clash against Swaziland in the Kenya 2018 CHAN qualifiers.
Meanwhile, Nyirenda is set to unveil four new faces at National Sports Stadium.
They include the Napsa Stars duo of striker Chitiya Mususu and midfielder Justin Banda.
Zanaco defender and dead-ball specialist Taonga Bwembya and his clubmate Augustine Mulenga are also set for their senior team debut.