The PF government has decided to politicise the football match between Zambia and Sudan. President Edgar Lungu has told his party functionaries in Ndola to mobilise people, dress them in his party regalia and Football Association of Zambia Jerseys then make them enter the stadium for free. The PF has actually bought tickets from FAZ and giving them to cadres.
In the photo is one of the Ndola residents that have been dressed in PF political attire, despite FAZ and FIFA regulations. President Lungu hopes that he can recoup his dwindled political support by politicising football just like he is politicising the church. Two weeks ago Lungu was on the Copperbelt but returned to Lusaka disappointed. In places like Luanysha he was booed and he avoided Ndola.
George Lwandamina’s team enjoys a slender away lead following a 1-0 victory over Sudan picked up on November 11 in dusty Karima.
For Lwandamina, it is a case of a different game, on a better pitch and anything can happen.
“This is different game all together what is important is to bury what is history and focus on the next game,” Lwandamina said.
A draw will suffice for Zambia at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola in this second round, final leg qualifier.
Zambia have no injury problems but have one continued absentee in midfielder Chisamba Lungu of FK Ural in Russia who has opted to stay at his club due to administrative reasons.
But striker Winston Kalengo of Zesco United will be hoping to add his tally of five goals in ten games played for Zambia so far this year after netting the winner in the first leg last Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the pressure is on guests Sudan who are trying to snap out of three successive competitive defeats in qualifying matches over the last 30 days in which they have also failed to find the target.
A defeat or draw will see them suffer a double-blow following their failure to qualify to the 2016 CAF African Nations Championship after a 4-0 aggregate loss to Uganda in October.
“It is not easy. Zambia is a good team and were African champions. It will be very difficult but we will try to fight,” Sudan coach Hamdan Hamad said.
“There is no other way we have lost and we have to fight.”
Overall winner will advance to the last 20 group stage where Africa’s five representatives in Moscow at the 2018 finals will be decided.