Kalaba Provides Insights for Chipolopolo Boys Ahead of Clash with Niger
After their thrilling six-goal encounter against Congo Brazzaville in the initial Group E match last Friday, the Chipolopolo Boys are set to compete again this evening, facing Niger in their second group qualifier.
In their previous clash, the Chipolopolo secured a 4-2 victory over Congo, courtesy of a Patson Daka brace and individual goals from Lameck Banda and Fashion Sakala.
Reflecting on the team’s performance, Kalaba, a key figure from the AFCON 2012 winning squad, expressed in an exclusive interview with BolaNews that a triumph against Niger tonight would significantly simplify the path for the Chipolopolo Boys in the qualifiers. He emphasized the importance of securing consecutive wins, stating that accumulating six points early on would provide a substantial advantage before the return matches.
Acknowledging the challenges of African football, Kalaba highlighted the potential morale boost for the team if they can secure an away win.
As they approach the fixture against Niger, the latter seeks their first-ever victory against Zambia, aiming for redemption after a recent 1-0 loss to Tanzania in the opening Group E match of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Grant, the coach, looks to his star-studded squad, particularly the front three, to deliver the necessary goals while addressing defensive concerns that led to conceding twice on home soil in the previous game.
Zambia’s morale receives a boost with the return of captain Lubambo Musonda, who was sidelined due to injury in the initial match.
Speaking optimistically about the upcoming match, Captain Musonda stated during a pre-match preview that the team is well-prepared, in high spirits, and has demonstrated a strong desire to win, evident in their dedicated efforts and hard work.