Zambia and Zimbabwe will finally get down to business on the pitch in the African Nations Championship (CHAN) after last week's duel was postponed following the no show of the referees who missed their flights.
With the referees stepping into Harare five days earlier than the fixture there will be no last minute surprises this time and both teams will have to be ready for the contest that takes the more prepared closer to South Africa 2014 in a competition exclusively for local players.
The battle of the Zambezi should have been played last Sunday but the tie was called off following the non-arrival of Cameroon referee in Harare. Aurelien Juenkou and his assistants Fuanta Joseph Lambi, Elvis Noupue and Christopher Nde.
The Chipolopolo boys who missed out on the last edition of the competition are looking to build on their Cosafa Cup success in July where they hosted and lifted the trophy at the expense of Zimbabwe.
With Zambia coach Herve Renard making it clear that doors to the senior squad are open for star performers in the second string side stakes will be high when the Copper bullets scatter on the surface of Rufaro Stadium.
Renard will most likely hand a starting berth to a more goal minded Evans Kangwa ahead of either Bourwell Mwape or Festus Mbewe whose goal return has been anything but impressive.
The backline will surely be unchanged with skipper Bronson Chama partnering Christopher Munthali while Jimmy Chisenga and Fackson Kapumbu will take the right and left back positions respectively.
Kondwani Mtonga and Sydney Kalume will be the men to hold things at the centre with the fleet footed Bruce Musakanya and Roderick Kabwe taking up position on the left and right flank.
But Zambia should be wary of the threat posed by Tendai Ndoro and Eric Chipeta upfront for the Warriors as they hope to escape Rufaro unscathed to make the return leg in Ndola an easier task.
The Warriors have a reputation to protect as they hope to avenge the 2-0 loss to their neighbours in the Cosafa Cup final on July 20.
Zimbabwe who have been to the last editions of the CHAN championship will be looking to make another appearance with newly appointed coach Ian Gorowa hoping to convince his employers and local fans that he is worth the job.
The two sides will meet for the decider on August, 24.