By Angu Lesley – Cameroon
Zambia head coach Milutin Micho Sredojevic has rubbished claims his side is a well-oiled machine expected to go all the way following their brilliant two-nil win against Tanzania on Monday.
The Chipolopolo were the first nation to score two goals in the tournament, as they comfortably defeated the Taifa Stars 2-0 at the Omnisport Stadium, Ngeme in their Group D game of the 2020 African Nations Championship.
“Nobody has ever won a trophy by winning the first game,” Micho said after the game.
“I will say that we have played against a very good team and good coach that gave us problems in the first half.”
“It was a tactical game. I respect our opponent and believe that one step good but far from our best. More to do ahead of our next game,” he added.
Micho’s formation and choice of players paid dividends as they scored twice through Collins Sikombe and Emmanuel Chabula to see off a very good Tanzanian side.
The experienced gaffer in his third CHAN tournament believes there’s still fixing to be done ahead of the next game against Guinea.
“All our focus now is to redirect our minds, adapt, and acclimatise ahead of our next game against Guinea. Looking forward to our next game, there is no opponent that is beatable,” the Serbian said.
“We need to work hard by showing our mental strength and convert our chances. We need to recover ahead of the game. I am not happy with the way we handle the ball today which we must improve on.”
In all honesty, Zambia had to up their game in the second segment to get the better of a Tanzania side that had chances of their own but looked lacking in the front line largely due to the absence of captain and forward John Bocco.
According to Micho, the game against Guinea is what he qualifies as their biggest motivation.
“The biggest motivation is going to prepare for Guinea game from tomorrow. No player has given his 100 percent. We need to improve a lot.”
“There is no space for relaxation or complacency. We had a balanced game today. Today’s match is a history which we need to work on. We shall stretch ourselves in order to come up with a better display,” Micho explained.
Quizzed on whether his side had all required to win the CHAN 2020 in Cameroon, the Serbian opted for a very pragmatic answer; “How far we can go in the tournament, only God knows.”
Zambia challenge Guinea in their next game of the tournament on Friday at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium in Ngeme.
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