THE young Chipolopolo this afternoon take on Malawi in an Under 23 2019 AfCON second leg qualifier at Lusaka’s Heroes Stadium. Yesterday the senior national team was also in action at the same venue against Namibia in a 2019 Egypt AfCON qualifier. Malawi Under 23 national team coach Meck Mwase said he stood a good chance to win the game despite the first leg loss at home.
“This is a very important game to us, Malawi, for sure we would like to qualify. This is why we are here. We respect Zambia but we are also here to fight for ourselves so that we can qualify,” Mwase said.
“For sure we have what it takes, this is a game of football, anything can happen. The Zambians Under 23 are very lucky because they have those players who are playing professional football. Their level of understanding is a bit higher because we don’t have any professional player.”
Mwase added that playing away from home gave his team more comfort and ease to win.
“Sometimes when you are playing at home, there is a lot of pressure from the supporters and they always want you to win so when we travel and play away, the boys don’t have any pressure,” said Mwase.
Meanwhile, Zambia Under 23 coach Beston Chambeshi did not show up for the pre-match briefing as per FIFA regulation.