Team manager, Hastings Ndovi told local online media that the blossoming midfielder has been excused from the Saturday encounter to allow him to settle down at his new club FC Gandzasar Kapan where he penned a two-year deal last Friday.
He assured the local soccer fraternity that the absence of Musonda should not be a cause for alarm saying the squad that has been assembled has other capable arsenals that would equally do a perfect job.
Defender Emmanuel Mbola, midfielder Mukuka Mulenga and striker Ronald Kampamba are the key foreign based arsenals that have been entrusted with the assignment to clinch a slot for last round qualifiers that will take place in Senegal from November 28 to 12 December.
Three best teams that will emerge from Senegal finals will represent Africa continent at 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in Brazil.
The team coach, Fighton Simukonda has already declared that he will treat the clash against the young Elephants with utmost seriousness.
He has vowed to fight tooth and nail by utilising home ground so that they should qualify for Olympics for a second time after their maiden appearance at1988 Seoul Olympics.
“We will approach the game with seriousness. This one [Cote d’Ivoire game] we will not give up playing at home we will definitely win. We want to qualify to the Olympics, it has been a long time since we went there; it’s now time to go,” said Simukonda.
Last time Zambians had a rude awakening when they crushed out in the last round of September 2015 Congo-Brazzaville All Africa Games qualifiers the on their home yard.
They held Nigeria to a goalless draw away in the first leg and had all the hope that they would cruise into another round of Congo-Brazzaville All Africa Games by utilising home ground advantage but instead they lost 2-1.
Another upcoming striker, Patson Daka has also assured soccer fans in the country that the team players will throw everything in the game to win the Saturday encounter at all cost.
“We have been doing badly for awhile but this is the time to do things according to the fans expectations and the nation at large.
“We have tried to work on our errors and we will win the next game; we have all what it takes to qualify for the Olympics,” declared Daka.