SOUTH Africa’s interim caretaker coach Thabo Senong says Zambia will not have an easy match when the two countries clash in the TOTAL Kenya 2018 CHAN second leg qualifier match at Levy Mwanawasa stadium today.
The first leg of this final round of qualifiers ended 2-2 in South Africa last week, giving Zambia an advantage on away goals.
South Africa will need a straight victory today to book a place to the finals while Zambia can still qualify with a scoreless or 1-1 draw.
Speaking on arrival at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport yesterday, Senong, who is standing in for head coach Stewart Baxter who has remained behind to concentrate on next month’s World Cup qualifiers, said the match will be an interesting affair.
We are fully aware that it won’t be easy for us and it won’t be easy for Zambia. So we are looking forward to the encounter on Saturday. We have brought some quality talented young boys that have gelled really quickly in time to make sure that we can build a strong 11 men squad just to make sure we can compete on Saturday,
Obviously Zambia has done well to score two away goals, that was obviously a little bit disturbance for us but Zambia will probably be playing defensively. Or they will say ok, we are playing at home, let’s take on the South Africans. If they attack, I think it will open for us but I still think that it will be a nice encounter. We have not given up we just need to work on something like set play and I how to cope with Zambia’s quick attackers.