Our prediction for this Africa Cup of Nations 2021 match:
Zambia failed to impress in the opening match of their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations campaign. The Copper Bullets were hammered by Algeria 5-0 at Stade Mustapha Tchaker, meaning that the lack of confidence could prove to be the team’s biggest problem in Tuesday’s qualifier against Zimbabwe. One of the men to keep an eye on in the home team will be experienced midfielder Augustine Mulenga.
Zimbabwe, on the other hand, failed to impress at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, but they surely want to represent their homeland at yet another showpiece tournament. Given their fine form in 2019, we predict that the visitors are going to grab something from the National Heroes Stadium clash. When the two teams faced each other at the 2019 COSAFA Cup, the two teams played out a goalless draw in the regular time.
Highlighted Player (Marvelous Nakamba):
Born on January 19, 1994 in Hwange, Marvelous Nakamba is a Zimbabwe international who plays for Club Brugge in the Belgian Jupiler League. Nakamba started his youth career at Highlanders and he made his senior debut with Bantu Rovers.
The Zimbabwe footballer played for Nancy before joining Vitesse in 2014. After scoring two goals in 67 appearances for the Dutch outfit in the league the central midfielder signed a four-year deal with Club Brugge in June, 2017 for a fee of £4 million. Nakamba made his Club Brugge debut in the league in July, 2017 in a 4-0 win over Sporting Lokeren.
Speaking of his international career, Marvelous Nakamba represented Zimbabwe in the under-20 level and he made his debut with the main squad in June, 2015 against Malawi. His main position is central midfield, but he is used as a defensive midfielder as well. Nakamba’s preferred foot is left.
Highlighted Team (Zimbabwe):
The Zimbabwe national team were known as the Southern Rhodesia national team from 1939 t0 1964 and they played under the name of Rhodesia until 1980. They became Zimbabwe in 1980 and they played their first World Cup qualifying game against Cameroon, losing 2-1.
The Warriors have yet to qualify for the World Cup finals, but it has to be noted that they qualified for the 2017 African Cup of Nations. Zimbabwe faced the likes of Swaziland, Guinea and Malawi in Group L and they clinched top position in their qualifying group, three points clear of second-placed Swaziland. The Warriors play their home games in yellow shirts and yellow shorts, while the colour of their away kit is green.
National Sports Stadium is considered Zimbabwe’s home stadium and the capacity of the venue is 60,000. The team recorded their biggest win on 26 August, 1990 as they rolled over Botswana 7-0 in Gaborone.