Zambia go into their second group match knowing that a win against opponents Cameroon would effectively see them through to the quarter finals, they will be full of confidence after their opening game draw against Tunisia.
Herve Renard, the Copper Bullets head coach is very optimistic that his side can win the game and dump the 4 times winners out of the African Nations Cup, Renard was quoted in his post match interview saying ” I hope we can play to our potential in this crucial game and knock out Cameroon”. And refering to the game against Tunisia, he said ” We started and ended the game well but did not show enough discipline. This was 2 points lost”.
The build up to Sundays eagerly awaited showdown is being billed as the ‘battle of the French coaches’, however, Renard played down the hype between himself and his teams opponents Frenchman Paul Le Guen saying ” it’s not a battle of the french coaches, it’s Zambia v Cameroon”.
Zambia are most likely to stick with the same starting line-up that featured against Tunisia, but if Renard decides to make changes he has the attacking prowess of Mbesuma, Mayuka and Singuluma to call upon.
In midfield, the likes of Njovbu, Chivuta and Chansa offer the more industrious options should Renard decide to add physical presence to combat the stamina and style of Arsenal star Alex Song and co.
The back four of Musonda, Chuntu, Sunzu and Mbola should remain the same and need to be fully focused and alert to the possible danger Cameroon star striker Sauel Eto’o poses. Defender Mbola in particular will need to play better than he did in the first game despite becoming the youngest player ever to appear in the African Nations cup.