Zambia Faces Niger in World Cup Qualifier Clash
Following an impressive display against Congo Brazzaville, Group E leaders Zambia are gearing up for a crucial match against Niger at the Marrakech Stadium in Morocco tonight.
The journey toward the 2026 FIFA World Cup continues for Chipolopolo as they aim to break their 55-year absence from the global football stage.
Tonight marks Avram Grant’s sixth competitive match in charge of Chipolopolo, aiming to maintain an unbeaten streak since his appointment.
Under Grant’s leadership, Zambia hasn’t faced defeat in competitive matches, boasting a record of four wins and one draw in all competitions. Will they secure their fifth victory? Only 90 minutes will reveal the answer.
Grant faces key decisions regarding his starting 11. Questions arose about Fredrick Mwansa’s goalkeeping abilities for Zambia after his performance against Congo Brazzaville on Saturday.
It’s expected that Grant might bring back Lawrence Mulenga in goal, but he’s shown a willingness to stand by his decisions regardless of public pressure.
Veteran defender Stoppila Sunzu is anticipated to lead the backline alongside Roderick Kabwe, Benedict Chepeshi, and central defender Dominic Chanda.
Following scrutiny of Benson Sakala’s performance in the 4-2 win over Congo, there’s a possibility of Clatous Chama taking his place, while Emmanuel Banda could assume the defensive midfield role.
Kings Kangwa, Lemeck Banda, Fashion Sakala, and Patson Daka are likely starters, providing the attacking prowess against Niger.
Zambia currently tops the group with three points, level with Tanzania, who have an inferior goal difference. Morocco, Niger, and Congo Brazzaville are yet to secure a point.
Kick-off is at 21:00hrs.