Match - Sat 8 September, 15:00,
Can Cranes Dodge Copper Bullets?
Zambia players during trianing
Herve Renard's side host Uganda at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in both sides' third round, first leg game.
Renard has all his key players available led by 2012 Africa Cup heroes Emmanuel Mayuka and Christopher Katongo plus goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.
The game will also mark Dutch-based striker Jacob Mulenga of FC Utrecht’s first match back after an 11-month hiatus due to injury that saw him miss Zambia's Africa Cup triumph eight months ago.
Zambia are familiar with Uganda against whom they drew 0-0 in a friendly in August 2010 in ex-coach Dario Bonetti's first game in charge.
Uganda coach Bobby Williamson was and still is in charge of The Cranes from that last meeting as he seeks his first win over Zambia. However for a second successive game, Williamson has the unenviable task of playing another first leg match away from home.
In the first round qualifiers, Uganda lost 3-1 away to Congo Brazzaville on February 28 but reversed that loss will a dramatic 4-0 home win in the return leg on June 28 in Kampala.
Uganda hope not to see a repeat of another away loss as they seek their first Africa Cup final appearance since 1978 when they finished runners-up.
To make matters worse Uganda will be without Cyprus-based key striker Geoffrey Masa due to injury.
Meanwhile, hosts Zambia will be banking on their lucky run of results in Ndola where they are unbeaten in two successive games since returning to the city where they are still unbeaten in over 40 years.
Moreover, Zambia host Uganda in Ndola for the first time since 1977 when they clashed in an Argentina 1978 FIFA World Cup third round, return leg qualifier.
In that match, Zambia beat Uganda 4-2 after extra-time on February 27, 1977 on a boggy pitch during a rain-swept day across town at the old Dag Hammarskjöld Stadium.