UNDER 20 coach Beston Chambeshi says he will not change much of the team that beat Portugal 2-1 in the opening match of group C when Zambia takes on Iran in the second game, hoping to book an early ticket to the knockout round.
Chambeshi’s men top the group on goal-difference over today’s opponents who also have three points but with an inferior goal difference, having beaten Costa Rica 1-0 in the opening game.
The match kicks off at 10:00 hours Zambian time at Jeju world cup stadium.
Zambia and Iran have only met once at senior level in Tehran in what was former coach Herve Renard’s second friendly in-charge on 25th May 2008 which Iran won 3-2, with former U-20 players Clifford Mulenga and Rodger Kola scoring for Zambia.
The Iranian U-20 showed how fast football is developing in that country when they put up quite a display to beat the much-fancied Costa Rica.
Chambeshi would be very much aware of the fact that under-dogs no longer exist in football, having watched how his own underrated Zambia beat Portugal plus so many other shocking results on the opening day that saw pre-tournament favourites such as Germany and Argentina tumble at the hands of under-dogs.
I watched Iran, they are a good team and this is the world cup. It’s important to both but the best team will carry the day. But we are going for maximum points. We have to attack and get goals but we have to be cautious in defence so that we don’t concede goals. So we are working on the defence for that,
He said he is also happy that striker Patson Daka, who was withdrawn midway through the Portugal game due to what looked like a bad injury at first instance, was back in training and fit for the assignment.
“No, the team won’t change much, we will maintain 90 per cent of the team that played Portugal. Maybe one or two changes could be made,” said Chambeshi, adding that the team was injury-free.
With the strikers led by Fashion Sakala still looking sharp, it’s in the defensive areas where Chambeshi must concentrate on because of the cracks that were exposed in the Sunday game and urge his charges led by captain Solomon Sakala who himself had a forgettable display to tighten things up to stop free-running Iran from inflicting pain on the junior Chipolopolo.