Mozambique and Zambia have developed a fierce rivalry based on the damage the mambas caused to the Chipolopolo’s dream of Africa Cup of Nations qualification by beating the 2012 champions home and away in the race for the 2019 AFCON.
The two fixtures may be at different levels but the vibe around the Zambian football community has been that of exacting some measure of revenge for the humiliation suffered by the senior team.
Coach Charles Bwale and his technical bench have been making steady progress at the tournament with the play improving by the game. It could even be better today at Nkana Stadium with match being played on a Saturday which could bring crowds to the party.
In goal Pretoria University product Bradley Mweene is sure to start with Andrew Phiri, Gideon Miyanda deployed as wingbacks.
Phiri has been occasionally popping up with pinpoint crosses from the left flank crossing the line which has been complementing the attack.
The central defence partnership of Kingsley Hakwiya and Christopher Katongo has provided solidity and has yet to concede a goal at the tournament although occasional lapses could have the technical bench demanding for more alertness.
In midfield, the onus will be on fluid Benson Kolala and the rampaging Prince Mumba to engineer some match winning passes from the middle of the pack for either Lameck Banda or skipper Edward Chilufya.
It could be the moment that the cool headed England based Mwiya Malumo gets the nod to start after having impressed each time he has come from the bench in two matches.
Kickoff for the match is at 15:30 hours with charges pegged at K20 opening wing and K50 VIP.
Pay television channel Kwese TV and ZNBC are broadcasting the tournament live.
13h00: South Africa vs Eswatini
15h30: Malawi vs DR Congo
15h30: Zambia vs Mozambique
(Source: FAZ Media)