Potential Starting Lineup for Zambia in Niger vs. Zambia Match
As Zambia prepares for a crucial face-off against Niger in the FIFA 2026 World Cup qualifier at Morocco’s Stade de Marrakech, Coach Avram Grant is likely to maintain consistency with the lineup that confronted Congo last Friday. Below is a preview of the anticipated starting XI for Zambia:
Goalkeeper: Francis Mwansa
Despite calls for Lawrence Mulenga, Grant is expected to stand by Mwansa, who commenced the match against Congo. Mwansa’s seasoned expertise is likely to secure him the starting position for this pivotal encounter.
Right Back: Benedict Chepeshi
Left Back: Rodrick Kabwe
Center Backs: Stopilla Sunzu, Dominic Chanda
The defensive configuration is anticipated to remain unchanged, with Chepeshi and Kabwe offering width on the flanks, while Sunzu and Chanda maintain their partnership in the central defensive roles.
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Central Midfielders: Kings Kangwa, Emmanuel Banda
Defensive Midfielder: Benson Sakala / Rally Bwalya / Golden Mafweta
Grant might base his decision on Sakala’s recent performance, and either Bwalya or Mafweta could assume the defensive midfield position alongside Kangwa and Banda.
Forwards: Fashion Sakala, Patson Daka, Lameck Banda
The attacking trio of Sakala, Daka, and Banda is expected to spearhead the offensive, aiming to dismantle Niger’s defense and secure a pivotal victory for Zambia.
Despite Niger’s recent narrow defeat against Tanzania, Zambia should approach this match with a resolute and focused mindset. The projected lineup reflects a blend of experience and youth, seeking a cohesive and impactful performance in the pursuit of World Cup qualification. An exhilarating encounter is on the horizon, with fans eagerly anticipating the outcome of this crucial fixture.