FAZ president Andrew Kamanga has urged Chipolopolo players to remain competitive and professional during the break.
Chipolopolo finished the three nations tour with a 4-1 bashing at the hands of AfCON-bound Ivory Coast in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Zambia lost the first game to Cameroon in Spain with a 2-1 score-line then produced the best performance of the outing beating Morocco 3-2 in Marrakech before succumbing to the marauding ‘elephants.’
Addressing the team after the match, Kamanga said the purpose of the friendlies was for the team to remain competitive and not to so much focus on the results.
He urged the players to work extra hard to make up for the failure to qualify to the AfCON by qualifying to the 2021 edition to be held in Cameroon.
“What is important is that it’s an opportunity that has given us an opportunity again to start thinking of our preparations because as you know immediately the Africa cup finishes next month, we will get the programme for Africa cup 2021 qualifiers,” Kamanga said.
“We didn’t want a situation where we leave you and then start calling you in September and we thought that during this time, we take advantage of the invitations that we got. So, do not thinking too much about the results because for us what is important is continue building the momentum, because as you know there is a lot that we have to fight for. We haven’t been to the Africa cup 2017, 2019. Clearly it’s a good opportunity now for us to work extra hard so that come 2021 we should be in Cameroon for the Africa.”
Kamanga said his executive committee would continue organising more competitive games for the team to remain competitive.
Beston Chambeshi’s team comprised mostly U-23 players as they prepare to play Congo Brazaville in September for a place in the U-23 AfCON which will take place in Egypt from which the top three teams would qualify for 2020 Olympics to be held in Tokyo, Japan.
“Remain professional and competitive for us. As an executive and technical bench, we will continue to organise as many games as we can. I think you have seen for yourselves we have played three quality games with quality opposition. Those who are playing in the U-23, you have got a game in September against Congo Brazaville, a must win game. We must also prepare adequately for that so that the U-23 can go and compete in Egypt, hopefully we can also go to the Olympics in 2020, said Kamanga.