By Boris Esono – Cameroon
The Head coach of the Chipolopolo of Zambia Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic has set his sights on qualifying for the knockout stages of the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN).
Speaking during his pre-match press conference at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium, ahead of his side’s clash with Tanzania on Tuesday. Micho said he expects an action-packed encounter against the Taifa Stars of Tanzania.
“We intend to progress beyond the group, once you pass the group anything after is possible,” Micho said.
“If we speak beyond the Tanzania match, we will be disrespectful to the team and disrespectful towards our focus and concentration in tomorrow’s game,” the Serbian added.
The Chipolopolo have had a series of training sessions at the Molyko Omnisport Stadium as Micho looks to get his boys to match fitness.
“In football, the same like in life, you need to plant the seeds and we are planning to plant the seeds in the field of play tomorrow that will give us the performance and result that could talk after. Let not words but action talk louder,” he stated.
Zambian star Chama who was part of the team that drew 1-1 with Cameroon in 2016 says the team is here to compete.
“This is a good tournament for us the players who play locally. We are here to showcase what Zambia has to offer the rest of the continent,” Chama said.
Zambia has been in Cameroon since December 31, 2020, and took part in the pre-CHAN tournament in Yaounde, and they will be hoping to get off to a winning start when they take to the pitch on January 19.
Zambia is expected to face Tanzania at in the Group D opener.
It should be recalled that FAZ president Andrew Kamanga while visiting the players and staff urged them to look beyond the tournament (CHAN), and look to qualify for the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup something which will be at the back of Micho’s mind in the tournament.
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