Though Zambia Coach Wedson Nyirenda has been faced with a couple of injury setbacks and forced withdrawals, he still boasts of a robust squad capable of ruffling the Eagles feathers.   

One big boost for the Zambians is the return of Spartak Moscow’s Fashion Sakala who missed the second leg against Algeria due to a red card.

Sakala and will be part of a quick and sharp front-line that will also have Orlando Pirates’ new acquisition, Justin Shonga, Patson Daka and Augustine Mulenga.

Nyirenda could opt to add Liefering midfielder, Enock Mwepu to energize his attack with Kondwani Mtonga expected to hold things down in middle of the park.

Skipper, Kennedy Mweene will commandeer the troops from the goal area while Ziyo Tembo and Stoppilla Sunzu will partner at the heart of defence.

The wing-back positions will be taken up by Simon Silwimba and Fackon Kapumbu.

Nyirenda has a prospective option in attack in the jet-heeled Ernest ‘Alteeza’ Mbewe.

Starting XI          

Goalkeeper: Kennedy Mweene

Defenders: Simon Silwimba, Stoppilla Sunzu, Ziyo Tembo,  Fackson Kapumbu                            

Midfielders: Enock Mwepu, Kondwani Mtonga, Augustine Mulenga, Justin Shonga

Strikers: Patson Daka, Fashion Sakala

Zambia

FULL SQUAD

(GOALKEEPERS)

Kennedy Mweene (Mamelodi Sundowns-RSA), Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco), Allan Chibwe (Power Dynamos)

(DEFENDERS)

Simon Silwimba, Fackson Kapumbu (both Zesco United), Adrian Chama (Green Buffaloes), Stoppilla Sunzu (Arsenal Tula -Russia), Ziyo Tembo (Zanaco), Isaac Shamujompa (Power Dynamos)

(MIDFIELDERS)

Chisamba Lungu (Alanyaspor-Turkey), Donashano Malama (Nkana), Kondwani Mtonga, Misheck Chaila (both Zesco United), Augustine Mulenga (Zanaco), Enock Mwepu (FC Liefering), John Ching’andu (Zesco United), Roderick Kabwe (Cape Town Ajax), Ernest Mbewe (Zanaco)

(STRIKERS)

Justin Shonga (Orlando Pirates), Fashion Sakala (Spartak Moscow), Alex Ng’onga (Power Dynamos), Patson Daka (Red Bull Salzburg-Austria)

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