The Chipolopolo African Nations Championship (CHAN) squad will this afternoon test Libya in the final preparatory match at the Japoma Stadium Annex in Douala.
Zambia has been holed up in Cameroon for two weeks and participated in a Four Nation Pre-CHAN tournament in Yaoundé where they drew 3-3 with Niger before losing 2-0 to Uganda. In the final match Zambia beat Cameroon 2-0 to finish second at the tournament.
The team then shifted base to Douala which is closer to their tournament base Limbe to familiarize themselves with the weather.
Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic will be looking to refining his bullets when his side takes on the Mediterranean Knights of Libya who are also part of the CHAN.
Players will be expected to audition one last time before the coach settles for his starting eleven.
In goal the recalled Allan Chibwe will be competing against Lameck Siame whose game against Cameroon enhanced his credentials for a possible starting berth.
In central defence the coach will be looking to a possible Adrian Chama and Luka Banda pairing while Dominic Chanda and Clement Mwape will also have a say.
Zachariah Chilongoshi and Benedict Chepeshi could complete the backline.
In midfield the hard men tendencies of Kelvin Kapumbu and Benson Sakala may be what will be deployed against Libya while Collins Sikombe looks set to provide the spark behind the lines that may be lead by Emmanuel Chabula and Moses Phiri. The arrival of Kelvin Mubanga will increase attack options in the Chipolopolo set up that also has the fluid Bruce Musakanya.
The match will kick off at 17:00 Central African Time (CAT).
Zambia will then shift base to Limbe where Group D will be holed up. Other teams in Group D are Tanzania, Guinea and Namibia.
Zambia’s opening game is on January 19 against Tanzania.