Zambian Football Fans
Soccer Review with STEPHEN PHIRI
THE Chipolopolo will today face Guinea Bissau in a must-win 2019 Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.
One defeat and one draw is Zambia’s record heading into the third round of the qualifying race.
Guinea Bissau and Mozambique have four points apiece, three clear of Zambia and Namibia.
With this situation, I expect the Zambia Sports Fans Association led by Peter Makembo, Yotam Mwanza’s Chipolopolo Soccer Fans Association and other supporters’ groups to unite and make noise collectively.
They should emulate their English counterparts who root for their teams throughout the match.
The Chipolopolo desperately need the 12th man today to realign the country’s chances of making the trip to Cameroon next year.
With the noise in the terraces, the Kennedy Mweene-captained side will be inspired to teach Guinea Bissau a football lesson.
Remember, it was Guinea Bissau who denied Zambia a slot at the 2017 Gabon Africa Cup of Nations finals.
Zambia lost 3-2 in Bissau on June 4, 2016 and the West Africans advanced to their maiden Africa Cup of Nations appearance.
The country’s football legacy is at stake, and with fans pulling in the same direction, it will be easy for the Chipolopolo to sort out Guinea Bissau.
There will be no need for the fans to go on rampage in outdoing each other but they should aim at silencing Guinea Bissau.
After all it’s One Zambia, One Nation.
Victory is a must today for the Chipolopolo to bounce back in contention for a slot at the Cameroon finals.
Anything less than a win might be costly to the team and the country at large.
Having made 17 appearances at the Africa Cup of Nations since making a debut in 1974, time is ripe for the Chipolopolo to put qualification for the tournament in Cameroon back on track by beating Guinea Bissau.
With the right line-up, Guinea Bissau are beatable.
Mwepu and Sven Vandenbroeck during a press briefing
Chipolopolo coach Sven Vandenbroeck should ensure that all deserving players such as Enock ‘Computer’ Mwepu are in the starting line-up.
Mwepu is a playmaker whose weapon is a killer pass.
He changed the complexion of the game in last month’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Namibia in Windhoek and played an influential role in the 1-1 draw.
I also call on my friends from Chaisa, Mandevu, Matero and other townships surrounding National Heroes Stadium to behave.
I do not expect anyone to throw stones or any missiles if results do not go Zambia’s way.
All the best of luck to the Chipolopolo.

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