By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde – Nigeria
Chipolopolo head coach, Milutin Micho Sredojevic is determined to establish iron discipline, absolute order, organisation, and fanatic hard work with a family atmosphere.
During a media briefing on the postmortem of the FIFA window friendly matches, Micho said that his decision to expel Kabaso Chongo was guided by sports logic and not emotions.
According to Micho any player called to the national team must be ready to play, be on the bench or be out of the matchday squad.
“I would like to say there is nothing personal there is no issue whatsoever,” Micho said.
“So, for the times ahead of us any player called to the national team not ready for the three case scenarios to play, to sit or be off the bench as per the decision of the technical team, that person is wasting his own time.”
“We are determined to establish iron discipline, absolute order and organisation and fanatic hard work with a family atmosphere.”
Micho added: “I would like us to function under fanatic hard work because we are far from every person every player being the best version of himself.”
“I would like us to function on absolute order and organization every minute and moment that we know what we are doing.”
“I would like us to function under the iron discipline that whatever is normal we follow and whatever is abnormal is unacceptable,” the Serbian exclaimed.
Micho also says he is happy that the Football Association of Zambia President, Andrew Kamanga only focuses on providing logistics to the team and never imposing players on the technical bench.
“I have been 27 years in Africa and I can tell you that FAZ president Andrew Kamanga has never mentioned calling this player or play this player.”
“For him it is only to provide the best possible conditions so that I could not ask questions or make any excuse,” he said.
Micho says he was also looking for functional chemistry in his central defence partnership and also the rest of his squad.
“I need to tell you that each and every player and person involved are my personal friends but when it is a question of professional work, I put all the emotions aside and strictly put my best as the guardian of Zambia,” he explained.
“When you look at the first thing that I have monitored is the behaviour of the outfield player, outfield behaviour means what players belonging to the group are showing? How the chemistry of the group is functioning?”
“It is like being a driver of the bus and then you need to look at the situation on the road how your passengers are behaving to know what it will happen in the match.”
The man fondly christened the Serbian Wolf says his charges are already focusing on the November clash with Botswana.
“But an invisible match is now on as we are talking, we are planning in the future for the doubleheader against Botswana in November,” Micho continued.
“But you will see 180 minutes in Lusaka and Gaborone but us we are planning far ahead off the field so those are the standards, criteria, and benchmarks that we have on the field.”
Micho’s squad has just concluded a three-game international window that saw Zambia beat Malawi 1-0 before losing 2-1 to Kenya and rebounded with the same result over Bafana Bafana.
Zambia is preparing to play Botswana next month in back-to-back fixtures in the Cameroon 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Zambia will host Botswana on November 12 before traveling to play the same opponent on November 16.
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