EVERY team is tough and there is no easy game, says Chipolopolo coach Wedson Nyirenda.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s COSAFA Cup quarterfinal against Botswana, Nyirenda said his team would treat the Zebras with respect.
The Chipolopolo boys concluded their training in Lusaka and flew out to South Africa yesterday morning for the tournament which kicked off on Sunday.
Nyirenda said the team would approach the match with utmost caution.
Every team is difficult, there is no easy game. Mozambique came here, the Zambians had already beaten them in their heads but when they came into the pitch, they applied themselves better than us and they carried the day,
“If we go into the Botswana match and say this is Botswana, believe me it will be a different case, we want to avoid that and the players know that. There is no small team this time…when you go on the pitch, you have to apply yourselves accordingly, knowing that you are playing a bigger opponent. We have to play knowing that we are playing a big team.”
The technical bench has also drafted Ajax Cape Town midfielder Roderick Kabwe and Polokwane City’s Salulani Phiri in the Cosafa squad.
Nyirenda will be without Zanaco and Zesco United players who have CAF engagements with their clubs.
The Cosafa-bound team, comprising all local-based players, warmed up for the quarter-final tie with a 3-2 win over Division One outfit Wonderful Ceiling Football Club on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, FAZ president Andrew Kamanga has challenged the team to aim at winning the tournament.
On behalf of the executive, we are happy that you have prepared very well. It is our expectation that the team will do very well,
said Kamanga according to the FAZ Facebook page.
“We know that you are looking at the semi-final but we are more ambitious and want you to win the trophy. We know that you have to take one step at a time.”