Battle of Zambezi II beckons

CHIPOLOPOLO coach Beston Chambeshi says his team is ready to face Zimbabwe in tomorrow’s COSAFA Cup final.

And FAZ president Andrew Kamanga has urged the players to raise their confidence and convert the chances in the final compared to several missed opportunities in the semi-final against Madagascar.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe coach Sunday Chidzambwa says tomorrow’s final will be any side’s to win.

Zambia missed a litany of scoring opportunities on Wednesday but managed to beat Madagascar 1-0 in the semi-final, courtesy of Lazarous Kambole to set-up a repeat of last year’s final, which the southern neighbours beat Wedson Nyirenda’s Chipolopolo 3-1 to lift the trophy.

“They are a very good side.  Remember two months ago, we played in Zambia and they beat us on penalty shootouts after we drew 2-2 in normal time and I am expecting a very tough match on Saturday,” Chambeshi said of Zimbabwe.

“This is a tournament you cannot choose a team you want to play. Whoever comes your way we will prepare for them.  We have to respect them and they have to respect us because we have qualified for the final.”

And Kamanga who addressed the team in the dressing room immediately after the semi-final said: “First of all congratulations for the job well done. It was a difficult game but like I said earlier, all we need to do is build on what we have, build on this improvement. We got a lot of chances today but at the end of the day football is just about winning. So I think we’ll learn a few lessons from today’s game and make an improvement in the final. This is very good. We were in the final last year, we lost to Zimbabwe 3-1 so this is our final to win. So we hope that on Saturday, you will be able to deliver.”

Chidzabwa was cautious in his comments ahead of another grudge final.

“My first response is it is anyone’s game. Any one of the two teams can win the trophy,” Chidzambwa said.

On Wednesday, Zimbabwe beat Lesotho 3-1 on penalties to progress to the final for the second year running

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