Zambia set up battle lines in Algeria

Zambia have settled down in Constantine ahead of Tuesday night’s clash with hosts Algeria in their final Group B meeting in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Zambia took an eight hour chartered flight from Lusaka to Constantine via Rwanda at midnight on Saturday just hours after beating Algeria 3-1 at National Heroes Stadium.

FAZ spokesperson Desmond Katongo said the team landed just after 10:00 hours Zambian time on Sunday.

However, not in the travelling party to Algeria was striker Fashion Sakala who is suspended for the return leg.

This follows his 55th minute expulsion after collecting his second yellow card in Saturday’s home win.

Zambia are 2nd in Group B on 4 points, five behind leaders Nigeria.

Cameroon are 3rd on 2 points while Algeria have 1 point.

Nigeria visit Cameroon on Monday whom they face in a 19:00 hours kickoff in Yaounde after beating the African champions 4-0 at home in Uyo on September 1.

Zambia and Algeria play on September 5 at 21:00 hours.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles assistant coach Imama Amapakabo told Nigerian media that wounded Algeria will avenge their 3-1 away loss to Zambia on September 2.

“Zambia will lose in Algeria and that means both teams will have four points each and that will be good for us,” said coach Imama.

“It will be better that they beat each other. Everything is falling in place for us.”

Only the group winners from the five Africa zone qualifiers will earn their tickets to next June’s tournament in Russia.




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