Former president of Zambia Football Association (FAZ), Kalusha Bwalya believes the Chipolopolo can overcome their group B foes and secure a place at the 2018 World Cup mundial in Russia.
The Chipolopolo will face the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions and Algeria’s Fennecs in the final round of qualification series for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals following Friday’s draw at CAF headquarters in Cairo Egypt.
Bwalya who sits on the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) says Zambia must set the pace in their first two games.
“Zambia always plays better against big teams. World Cup draw is always difficult. Today’s draw no exception for every team and every group.
“As for Group B, Chipolopolo has had the better of Cameroon and Nigeria in the past. Algeria has always given us some sleepless nights.
“Prepare early, put everything in place and get ‘good’ results and set the pace in first two games then you are up and running. The bigger the names of the opposition , the better Zambia plays.
“Have confidence in this group of players and you can see what happens. Anything can happen in this group. Teams will get points off each other and that can be good for Zambia. Believe in yourselves. It’s tough but it can be done.” Bwalya stated.
Bwalya is Zambia’s second most capped player after Joseph Musonda, second all-time top goalscorer behind Godfrey Chitalu, and is regarded as the greatest Zambian footballer of all time.
He was named African Footballer of the Year in 1988 by the magazine France Football and was nominated for the 1996 FIFA World Player of the Year where he was voted the 12th-best player in the world, the first to be nominated after playing the entire year for a non-European club.
Zambia’s Journey to the 2018 FIFA World Cup begins with a home game against the Super Eagles of Nigeria on match day 1 before heading to Cameroon on match day 2.