By Angu Lesley – Cameroon
Zambia head coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has reiterated his side’s desire to achieve great tournament at the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN) against all odds.
Zambia sealed a quarterfinal slot over Tanzania despite playing to a 0-0 draw against Namibia in their final game in Group C at the Omnisport Stadium, on Wednesday.
Namibia who had lost both their opening group games frustrated the Chipolopolo on the day to secure their only point in the group.
However, Micho dismissed talk of feeling dissatisfied and disappointed with the result against their neighbours stating that with the team achieving their initial objective, the hold deep belief that a semi-final appearance is very much on the card.
“If I am disappointed with the players, I tell them face to face,” Micho said after the game on Wednesday.
“We tried our best with huge possession,” the former Uganda Cranes coach stated before adding; “If we want to go far, we have to face the best.”
“Our target is to get to the next stage. We believe from there anything can happen.”
“Everyone has the right to count us off but we believe in ourselves that we can make it to the semi-final and beyond,” the 48-years old Serbian further stated.
Zambia who made it four qualifications to the knock-out stages of the competition in four participations finished second in Group D with five points, joint with Guinea who finished top courtesy of a better goal difference.
The Chipolopolo will confront defending champions Morocco who reached the quarter-finals following a 5-2 victory over Micho’s former side Uganda.
Micho has a bit of his own side of the story to be proud about as the qualification to the knock-out stages with Zambia amounts to his first in three attempts.
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