Zambia head coach, George Lwandamina, believes that his team's performance against Kenya in Saturday's 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier will determine how they will fare against the Super Eagles in the 2018 World Cup qualifier in October.
Zambia, AFCON champions in 2012, will host Kenya in an inconsequential AFCON qualifier this weekend.
"It's a serious match because we need to establish where to start the World Cup qualifiers from," Lwandamina told the Post.
"And we need to build a team to do that, so unless people are saying we should not play since it's a formality."
The former Zambian skipper lamented the lack of hunger displayed by some members of the AFCON 2012 winning side ahead of the crucial World Cup qualifiers.
"There are no automatic places in the national team, and that's the problem we have with players after winning the Africa Cup of Nations, that competitiveness has been lost, so it's a delicate one."