ZAMBIA national rugby team coach Mwamba Chishimba says his team is determined to beat Algeria in a big qualifier match to be played at Mufulira Rugby grounds this Saturday. Zambia and Algeria will meet in Mufulira for the first time in the qualifiers with both teams seeking qualification for Africa Rugby Union tournament to be held in Mauritius next year.

The Zambian team has since set base at Mopani’s Diggers Rugby grounds to prepare for the crucial match. Speaking after yesterday’s morning training session, Chishimba said though his team expected a very tough match from experienced Algerians, Zambia was ready to win the match and qualify.

“We expect a very tough game but I am very confident that we will qualify to Group One B of the Africa Cup,” Chishimba said.

“Algeria has a lot of professionals who play in France, they are experienced but we will play a tactical, passing game and we will avoid body contact at all costs because they are very physical,” he said.

Chishimba also said the players would be banking on home support and urged the fans to give their best support to the team.

“Fans should come in numbers to support because it won’t be easy, we will need their support so that we maintain our home record,” added Chishimba.

Zambia has not lost an international home rugby match since 2002 when they lost to Zimbabwe 23-19 in Lusaka.

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