Zambia coach Honour Janza admits his team face a huge battle to emerge from Group B in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Zambia have just one point to show from their two games in the tournament so far and must beat Cape Verde Islands on Monday to stand any chance of qualifying, and they are also relying on Congo DR failing to beat Tunisia.
Janza admits the 2012 champions are “under pressure” but he feels his team can progress in the tournament.
“We are under pressure,” Janza told the official FIFA website. “But so are the other three teams. The fact that all four teams can go through to the knockout stage has set up a very interesting and tense climax.”
The two sides played each other in qualifying, with both teams winning their respective home fixtures, and Janza believes the Chipolopolo will have to be at their best to secure victory on Monday.
“Cape Verde are a strong side and it will be a difficult fixture given that we met twice within the last four months,” he added. “We know their style of play well and they know ours equally well.”
Zambia suffered a 2-1 defeat to Tunisia in their last fixture despite dominating for large parts of the game, while Cape Verde have drawn both of their games so far.
Zambia are 2.78 to win Monday’s match, Cape Verde are 2.49 and a draw is 2.95.