Back at the Zambia helm for a second time, Herve Renard will travel to the 2012 CAF Africa Cup of Nations without striker Jacob Mulenga, but the French tactician can draw on the legacy left by predecessor Dario Bonetti.
FIFA.com takes a look at the latest action in African football, where the league seasons in Ghana and Morocco are nearing an end, while in DR Congo and Angola things are just getting underway.
TP Mazembe of Congo DR secured a 3-2 victory over Simba off two Dioko Kaluyituka strikes in their pursuit of a third African Champions League title, while Ahly fell 2-0 to SuperSport United.
TP Mazembe have created history here in Abu Dhabi by becoming the first African team to reach the FIFA Club World Cup final, beating Internacional of Brazil 2-0.
Mbeza Bedi grabbed the decisive goal as African champions TP Mazembe booked a semi-final date with Internacional by beating Mexico's Pachuca 1-0 in Abu Dhabi.
TP Mazembe coach Lamine N’Diaye and team captain Kazembe Mihayo explain how the African champions have managed to thrive despite the absence of their star player.