Holders Zambia play home for the first time in the qualifiers where they hope to wrap-up their second round assignment against Rwanda. Zambia host Rwanda at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka on Saturday, 19 May 2018 in second round second leg.
The 2017 champions lead 2-0 from the first leg played last week in Kigali in what was their entry into the Niger qualifiers after enjoying a first round bye.
Zambia Assistant Coach, Charles Bwale, said they are hoping to give their fans a display worthy of champions as the new boys attempt to qualify after winning the continental championship as hosts just across town at National Heroes Stadium in March last year.
We have done well away, a game that is now water under the bridge, and are now coming home to play with this two-goal cushion, Bwale told CAFOnline.com.
It is a game we need to win in front of our home fans but we also ask our fans to be patient as it will be a new experience for this one month old team playing at home.
Zambia head into the match with some good news after an injury scare for striker Francisco Mwepu, who scored a brace in the first leg.
Mwepu is well and just had a minor knock and the Medical team say he is now okay for Saturday, Bwale said.
The champions have no suspensions heading into the final leg although midfielder Muma Mumba and striker Lameck Banda are carrying cautions each from the first leg.
Meanwhile, Rwanda head into the match needing to score at least three unanswered goals to keep their interest in the race to Niger alive after suffering their first defeat of the qualifiers at the hands of Zambia.
But Rwanda will be without midfielder Protais Sindambiwe who is suspended after he was sent-off in the first leg.
Winner over both legs will hosts Sudan or Burundi in the final round for a place at the final tournament scheduled for 2-17 February 2019 in Niger. Burundi and Sudan settled for a 1-1 in the first leg last week.
Source: Confederation Africaine de Football