Zambia coach Herve Renard has turned his attention to Ghana knowing that the fight for Group D’s sole ticket to the final phase of the World Cup qualifiers will go down to the wire.
The Frenchman is convinced that the Black Stars will not slip-up against the group’s whipping boys Lesotho after the Chipolopolo thrashed them 4-0 on Saturday.
This also means that the Zambians are underrating the tough Sudanese who they meet next week in Ndola, confident they will beat the Nile Crocodiles.
But Sudan will be on pushovers having beaten Zambia 2-0 in their first meeting before a protest over an unqualified player gave the Chipolopolo the advantage in the group.
Ghana defeated a tough Sudan side 3-1 in Omdurman on Friday night to keep the pressure on Zambia who are just one point ahead of the Black Stars despite the protest.
Both Zambia and Ghana must avoid slipping-up against Sudan and Lesotho next week respectively to ensure a photo-finish for the group’s sole ticket.
Even before they face the Nile Crocodiles on Saturday, Renard is rather focused on the final group match when they travel to face the Black Stars most likely in Kumasi.
“It is important on our way to finish first in our group,” Renard told reporters after Saturday’s 4-0 thrashing of Lesotho in Ndola.
“Ghana did very well yesterday but we hope we will do well against them,” the Frenchman said refering to Ghana’s 3-1 away win over Sudan in Omdurman on Friday.
With two rounds of matches remaining it is now a straight fight between Chipolopolo and Ghana to finish top of the group and reach the play-offs.
Sudan and Lesotho have been eliminated by their defeats this weekend.