ZAMBIA’S IMPRESSIVE WIN RAISES DEFENSIVE CONCERNS: FANS DIVIDED ON CHANGES FOR NIGER MATCH
Following Zambia’s notable 4-2 victory over Congo Brazzaville in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier, concerns have emerged among supporters and football analysts. The focus of worry revolves around the team’s lapse in allowing two quick goals in the 13th and 15th minutes of the match.
The conceded goals revealed issues such as a lack of midfield dominance, poor defending, and questionable positioning by goalkeeper Francis Mwansa. The swift succession of goals has ignited discussions and debates among supporters and football bloggers, prompting considerations for necessary changes in the team’s lineup for the upcoming match against Niger in Morocco.
While some fans advocate for alterations to address defensive vulnerabilities, particularly in the goalkeeper position, opinions are divided. Some call for benching Mwansa to instigate a change, aiming to rectify the defensive lapses. On the other hand, others argue in favor of maintaining the winning team, emphasizing support for the existing players.
Coach Avram Grant, known for his autonomy in decision-making, is expected to assess the team’s performance and make strategic changes based on his evaluation rather than succumbing to public pressure. As Zambia targets a second win in Group E to secure a strong position at the top of the table, the upcoming match against Niger holds significant importance. Supporters remain hopeful that the team will address defensive concerns and deliver a solid performance in their quest to qualify for the World Cup.