Zambian Chipolopolo Stars approach Thursday’s AFCON 2015 group B match against the technically gifted Tunisians without midfield gem, Nathan Sinkala.
The midfield icon suffered the injury that ruled him out of the rest of the tournament.
Both Tunisia and Zambia have fetched a point apiece with a clear cut victory for either sides likely to present a cutting edge as the quest for the knock out slot intensifies.
Tunisia coach George Leekens has a fully fit squad to choose from but they have had problems at their hotel.
“At 0200 on Wednesday there was a lot of water in the rooms in our hotel – we had to change rooms, some players sleeping four in a room,” he is quoted by the media.
MATCH KEY FACTS:
• Tunisia have won two and drawn two of four previous Cup of Nations clashes with Zambia, including a shock 4-2 triumph in a 1996 semi-final in South African city Durban
• Zambia have not won a matchday 2 fixture since trouncing Burkina Faso 5-1 19 years ago. Chipolopolo have lost five matches and drawn three since
• The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia have struggled since lifting the trophy as 2004 hosts – making three quarter-final exits and being eliminated twice after the first round
• Zambian Honour Janza is one of just three local-based coaches at the 2015 tournament. The others are Florent Ibenge from the Democratic Republic of Congo and South African Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba
• Second-place Tunisia are nine places above Zambia on the Fifa Africa rankings and 28 spots higher on the world rankings