THE Zambia 15's rugby team today takes on Mauritius hoping to revive chances of making it to the next round of the 2015 Rugby World Cup (RWC) qualifiers in a tricky second match fixture at the Confederations of Africa Rugby (CAR) Africa Cup competition in Gaborone, Botswana.
Following opening day 23-15 defeat to hosts Botswana, Zambia must today beat Mauritius to have any hopes of making it to the next round of the RWC qualifiers during this week long tournament that started on July 22 and ends on July 29.
The Joshua Lungu coached side were humbled by Botswana in a match that Zambia gave away despite showing great determination towards the end of the match but just for the home side to maintain their lead to win the match.
But Lungu and the players must be wary of the threat their opponents Mauritius pose as the Islanders beat Nigeria 26-22 in another match that was played on Sunday at the University of Botswana Stadium in Gaborone.
Zambia was drawn in Pool B of the Africa Cup group 1C, together with Ivory Coast and Nigeria. Pool A had hosts Botswana, Cameroun and Mauritius. All the teams will play their games across the pools and not in the pools.
To get the much needed win over the Islanders, Lungu would be hoping for a better performance from his side that has the likes of Beneya Mukwamba, who posted a try, conversions and drop goal, and also from Daniel Sakala.
Lungu has players like Nigel Chibwe, Israel Kalumba, Tedious Chipoya, Edward Mumba, Danny Kabila, Fine Chikumbi among others to win him the match against the Mauritius side that boasts of Erin Wichelagesse, player marker Robert Boulle and Jean Nonjocchio.