The Southern African country has not played on the world stage since joining Fifa in 1964 as a member association.
Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Enock Mwepu is eager to realize his dream of leading Zambia to the Fifa World Cup.
The 23-year-old has an eye on a ticket to Qatar for the 2022 edition because he wants Chipolopolo to take part in the tournament for the first time in their history.
Zambia are in Group B along with Equatorial Guinea, Tunisia and Mauritania, and they will have to negotiate to the top to advance to the final play-offs, where the ten group leaders will battle each other to choose the five qualifying tickets for the continent. .
“It was my dream to try to qualify for the World Cup and to take Zambia to the World Cup,” said Mwepu. Caf’s website.
“There’s this opportunity now; we’re just starting to reorganize and see what we can achieve together while playing Mauritania in the first game.”
They tackle Mauritania for their opening match in Nouakchott on Friday and the Premier League star believes the outing could set the tone for their upcoming matches in the second round of the qualifiers.
After Friday’s trip, Zambia will host Tunisia for their second group match at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium.
“This is a very important match, we are starting our World Cup qualifiers and we know we did not do well in the previous qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations,” he said.
“If we can get three points in an away game, we’re sure we can look forward to the end of this tournament. We just have to get together and try to do what we have to do to focus and achieve something. ”
Mwepu was part of the Zambian team that missed the 2018 World Cup after finishing second in the qualifying group behind leaders Nigeria.
Zambia have unfortunately not qualified for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, and they will have to wait for the qualifiers for the 2023 edition in Ivory Coast before returning to the biennial show since their last appearance in 2015.