How Zambia’ll land in Brazil–Katongo

2014 World Cup
2014 World Cup
2014 World Cup

WITH three matches to end the second round of African qualifiers for the Brazil 2014 World Cup, captain Christopher Katongo, has said that the southern African nation cannot afford any error.

Zambia tops the group which also features Ghana, Sudan and Lesotho but with a solitary one point lead over Ghana, considered the biggest threat to the Chipolopolo.

The AFCON 2012 champion has two straight home games with Lesotho and Sudan this month before squaring up Ghana in the last group game in September.

“We must take full points against both opponents,” the 30-year-old Henan Construction forward told yesterday.

“I believe two wins can maintain our edge against Ghana heading into September’s concluding match when we play against them away.”

Katongo, who has been heavily criticised for his latest poor form, however downplayed the mental edge of Zambia over its impending opponents.

“There are no so-called minnows in African football any longer,” he reckoned.

“Even if we beat Sudan the last time, it doesn’t mean we can take them lightly. Each time the two sides meet, it is a fifty-fifty chance.

“For me, as well as several other players from the current Zambia squad, it is perhaps our last chance to realize our World Cup dreams but we are determined to do our best not to miss it this time around.”