The battle for first and second place concludes in Group B at 2018 CHAN when Zambia faces Namibia in Casablanca on Monday night.
Leaders Zambia and second placed Namibia are both tied on six points heading into their final Group B match at 21h00.
Third placed Cote d’Ivoire and bottom side Uganda are out on zero points from two games and meet in a simultaneous kickoff in Marrakech before heading back home.
“We may have qualified but I think we are not going to take it easy because we have other things that we looking at in the next stage,” Zambia coach Wedson Nyirenda said.
“We need to do our best and we have to make sure we collect maximum points in our next game.”
Nyirenda has every right to be wary of Namibia who has collected three wins against Zambia in their last four meetings.
Namibia’s only loss during that period came in June, 2015 in a 2-1 away defeat.
Interestingly, that Zambia win came in a 2016 CHAN qualifier that finished 3-3 on aggregate but Chipolopolo qualified to Rwanda 6-5 on post-match penalties.
Furthermore, Namibia are enjoying dramatic CHAN debut after recording two 1-0 stoppage time victories over Uganda and Cote d’Ivoire on their way to the quarterfinals.
Zambia and Namibia’s quarterfinal opponents on January 27 will either be tournament hosts Morocco or Sudan.
Meanwhile, Morocco won Group A with a 0-0 draw on Sunday night with second finishers Sudan on better goal-difference rule after both ended on 7 Points apiece.