Despite being at the bottom of Group H, Zambia national team head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is optimistic that the Chipolopolo still stand a chance of qualifying for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
The 2012 African champions have collected just three points from four qualifying games so far.
The Copper Bullets now find themselves in a must-win situation in their two remaining games against Algeria at home and away to Zimbabwe, and Micho says he is living by the philosophy ‘Never say die’.
“I live by the philosophy of when it is bad never say die, and when it is good do not fly over the Moon,” Micho exclaimed in an interview with the CAF website.
“We shall bounce back and have to believe in that before March 2021. We have a situation with six points available against Algeria at home and Zimbabwe away to give us the lifeline that could take us to Cameroon,” he added.
Zambia will host Algeria in March in Lusaka before their visit to Harare to face Zimbabwe eyeing six points from the two games if they are to qualify.
According to the former Uganda Cranes coach, Zambia’s focus has for now been turned to their January’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) where they will face off with Tanzania, Guinea and Namibia in Group D.
“We have nothing to do but prepare very well for CHAN where the local team should have a very good outing and show they are ready to compete.”
Next March they will join our best players from abroad, to help Chipolopolo qualifying to the AFCON. We are not retreating or giving up,” he further noted.
Zambia are targeting a return to the Africa Cup of Nations after failing to make it to the 2017 and 2019 editions.