The opponent: Zambia's hold over Kenya—A test of mettle at 2024 COSAFA Cup


The opponent: Zambia's hold over Kenya—A test of mettle at 2024 COSAFA Cup

Festus Chuma 09:48 - 27.06.2024

Zambia face Kenya in the COSAFA Cup battling recent poor form as they aim for an unprecedented third consecutive title.

Zambia will open their COSAFA Cup title defense campaign with high stakes as they face Kenya at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium this Thursday.

The fixture marks the first meeting between the two teams in the competition setting the stage for a clash filled with anticipation and strategic gameplay.

Despite their impressive record as the most successful team in the history of the tournament with seven titles, Zambia has faced a challenging year, marked by four defeats in their last five matches.

This includes two consecutive losses in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, casting a shadow of doubt over their current form.

However, history favors the Copper Bullets, who have managed a formidable presence in the COSAFA Cup clinching back-to-back titles twice in their storied participation.

The match not only serves as a test for Zambia's resilience but also as an opportunity for Kenya to prove their mettle against a historically dominant side.

Zambia head coach Avram Grant is facing scrutiny over recent performances and needs to harness the potential of his squad to navigate past Kenya.

Strategically, Zambia will need to tighten their defense and capitalize on their offensive plays to overcome their recent form struggles.

Kenya’s strategy might revolve around exploiting the vulnerabilities Zambia has shown, particularly their susceptibility to counter-attacks in their recent defeats.

In terms of historical achievements, Zambia stands out with the most titles won, the most semifinals reached, and the most matches played in the COSAFA Cup.

Their experience in navigating the pressures of the tournament could play a crucial role in this encounter.

However, the pressure to achieve a third consecutive title could either elevate their performance or exacerbate the cracks already showing this season.

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