Chipolopolo arrive San Pedro for AFCON after nine years of absence


The Zambia national team has arrived in San Pedro, Cote d’Ivoire, for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations after a nine year absence.

On Thursday the team left their base in Saudi Arabia, where the squad was camped for a pre-AFCON 10 day outing.

Whilst in the Middle-East, the Avram Grant-tutored side played a friendly match against West Africans Cameroon which ended in a 1-all stalemate.

Zambia alongside the rest of its Group F opponents namely Morocco, Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will be based in the coastal city of San Pedro and play all the matches at the Laurent Poko Stadium.

Zambia will play its first game with neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo next week Wednesday, January 17 before playing Tanzania four days later.

The Chipolopolo round off their Group F fixtures with number 1 ranked team in Africa, Morocco on Wednesday 24, January.

Meanwhile, all is set for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), with Ivory Coast staging the finals for the second time.

The tournament kicks off on Saturday, 13 January when the hosts will take on Guinea-Bissau at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan.

Record seven-time champions Egypt are also in action on the opening weekend, facing Mozambique in Group B, while holders Senegal begin the defence of their title against The Gambia in Group C on Monday, 15 January.

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