But with Dikwena striker Mwila on a high after the two goals he bagged at the weekend, Zambia still have a strong attack.
A draw in Uyo will mean the race to Russian Federation 2018 will go down the wire in November when the Eagles battle Algeria in Constantine and Zambia are home in Lusaka to already-eliminated Cameroon.
Zambia now only has one point from two games in these World Cup Qualifiers and is chasing Group B leaders Nigeria, who have nine points from three games played.
The Zambians face Algeria again on Tuesday in Constantine, eager to get another victory, which will keep their hopes alive of qualifying for a first ever World Cup.
Algeria headed into the World Cup qualifying campaign as one of Africa's top sides, but their hopes of reaching the global showpiece were dented by a testing draw, Nigeria's renaissance and a sluggish start to the campaign.
Yacine Brahimi pulled one back for the North African giants with a fine effort from just outside the area in the 55th minute, but Algeria were unable to profit from Fashion Sakala's red card a minute later after a second yellow card.
Algeria stay bottom of Group B on 1 point from three games and are a point behind third-placed Cameroon who lost 4-0 away to Nigeria in the other Group B clash earlier on Friday in Uyo.
Tunisia replaced the Democratic Republic of Congo as Group A leaders thanks to a 2-1 victory in Rades on the outskirts of Tunis. At least I put Algerians level with the Nigerian team, but my predictions were not true. There's also the promising Enock Mwepu, who scored on debut for Chipolopolo on Saturday.
Morocco has five points, the Ivory Coast four, Gabon two and Mali one.