The African champions must win with a handsome scoreline to guarantee passage to the 16 nations tournament set for South Africa in January and February next year.
Today’s fixture is the first of two matches between the two teams and the winner over both legs will proceed to South Africa.
Uganda is stubborn at home and rarely lose their fixture the more reason the Zambian coach and his boys must bury it in Ndola.
Both team are bubbling with confidence. Their last meeting in 2010 produced a draw in Kampala, the Uganda capital.
Renard has the best of players on his side and the technical bench has some depth to reinforce the Zambian attack whichever line-up he picks.
Apart from new Southampton signing Emmanuel Mayuka who takes the lead role, James Chamanga (Dalian Shide, China) and Jacob Mulenga (Utrecht, Netherlands) are also prolific goal-poachers.
If William Njobvu and Felix Katongo don’t make it to the starting line-up, they are also good options to inject in the team to deliver a positive result.
It is therefore important that Renard and his team wins the match to assure the fans Zambia will make it to South Africa to defend the African crown.