There will be an atmosphere pregnant with a mixed feeling of fire and ice at Heroes this evening when Zambia steps forward to take on Zimbabwe in a bid for redemption. Aggrey Chiyangi hangs on a thin thread above the fires of trouble and its redemption or is dumped.
The bleedings in Blida were profuse after that 5_0 humiliation at the hands of Algeria but Zambia will now need an atmospherical cleansing and let the caravans go.
By and by the performance from the boys in Algeria was not as bad as the final score painted it. The match was pegged at 😳 throughout the first half and almost all the goals were shipped in within a space of thirty minutes in the second half.
It was a disturbing lack of concentration from the boys playing under a very intimidating atmosphere and the situation was worsened by a technical bench that had no clue on what to do to keep the boys in shape as things started falling apart.
That nightmare of a defeat on the road, however, is over and Zambia will today return to home comfort as they host Zimbabwe in a match that promises bloodshed.
After that defeat in Algeria, Zambia will now need to win all the home matches and at least force one draw away from home to stand a realistic chance of qualifying. The Zambian boys will not only need a spirited fight but they will also need to swallow some slices of good fortune as Zimbabwe is not a push overside.
Its the battle of the Zambezi and with Nakamba, Billiat, and Musona all in the Zimbabwe squad, the match is expected to live up to its billing.
Zambia`s search for a shinning light kisses a glitter as the team welcomes in form Patson Daka and mercurial Enock Mwepu in midfield. The two are coming from a horrendous under 23 outing in Egypt but their presence will definitely be firecrackers in the Chipolopolo back borne.
Zambia must win tonight and whatever will happen elsewhere will break the group wide open. Whatever is left, whatever is probable must be done tonight.