Zambia – Zimbabwe Preview: Chipolopolo out to boss the Warriors in four-nation tournament
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The four-nation tournament will take centre stage in Ndola on Wednesday, with the hosts taking on Zimbabwe in the second match

With the Fifa break upon us, national teams will be engaged in a number of international friendlies this week.

A look at the Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa) region, countries such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa and Angola will renew their rivalries in a four-nation tournament to be staged in Ndola.

Hosted at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium, Wedson Nyirenda’s men will face off against the Warriors of Zimbabwe on Wednesday night.

Nyirenda will also be hoping to erase their 2018 African Nations Championship disappointments where they lost out in the knockout stages in Morocco at the beginning of the year.

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Meeting a familiar side, Zambia will have the edge when it comes to home ground advantage and will want to play whoever wins in the first match between South Africa and Angola. 

Prior to this Fifa break, they beat Cote d’Ivoire 2-0, stunned Uganda 3-0 and drew against Namibia at the Chan tournament before losing to Sudan in the knockout stages.

Former Kaizer Chiefs striker Nyirenda will definitely pin his hopes on the likes of Justin Shonga, Brian Mwila and Augustine Mulenga to topple Zimbabwe.

However for the Warriors, coach Sunday Chidzambwa will also want to prove a point against the hosts on Wednesday evening.

They are yet to play a competitive match in 2018. Zimbabwe's last match was their 3-0 win over Liberia in the 2019 Afcon qualifier at home last June, but they cannot be seen as underdogs at this tournament.

Although the clash against the 2012 African champions will be their first encounter this year, the coach wants to prepare for the upcoming 2019 Caf African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

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For their campaign en route to Cameroon, Zimbabwe will face off against Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo in September and October this year.

Although Chidzambwa will miss the likes of Knowledge Musona and Khama Billiat among other respected players, he will bank on the likes of Ovidy Karuru and Evans Rusike for goals.

The hosts have 16 wins over Zimbabwe, 20 matches have ended in draws whilst Chidzambwa’s men have secured six victories out of the previous 42 meetings.

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