The Zambia soccer team has arrived in Kampala ahead of the return leg match of the 2013 AFCON qualifier against their hosts Uganda Cranes.
A delegation of 24 players excluding injured midfielder Rainfold Kalaba, the technical bench, 110 fans and other high level officials including two cabinet Ministers arrived at the Entebee airport aboard a chartered Kenya Airways flight and immediately proceeded to the five star Sheraton hotel in Kampala.
An advance party representing the 'Chipolopolo' had earlier rejected the three star hotel booked by the hosts.
"We are here to qualify in any way. We lose 2-1 we still qualify, This is a tough game. We will take qualification at any cost," said Zambia coach Herve Renard.
Zambia will take a 1-0 lead acquired in Ndola into the return leg match set to be played at the 45,000 Nakivubo Stadium in Kampala.
At the same time the Uganda Cranes contingent was faced with a scare after first choice goalkeeper Dennis Onyango collided with striker Emmanuel Okwi and was forced to sit out of training.
"He will be fine, no need to raise alarm," said Cranes coach Bobby Williamson, after conducting a vigorous two hour training session on Thursday.
Should Uganda eliminate the defending champions, they will qualify to grace the African Cup of Nations for the first time in 34 years.