INTERIM Chipolopolo Aggrey Chiyangi has urged players preparing to face Botswana in Saturday’s 2020 CAF African Nations Championships qualifiers in Francistown to make the country proud.
And Chiyangi who has been away with Green Eagles participating in the CEFACA Kagame Cup in Rwanda says his technical bench is unfazed by the two friendly matches that Botswana has played against Zimbabwe and Lesotho in preparation of Saturday’s match saying Chipolopolo has prepared adequately.
“First what we usually do when we call people into camp is that first we asses them as they train. And if somebody is not doing much, we speak to them and we tell them, and if they continue we leave them out because a game comes with a lot of pressure. And if you don’t put much in training, you can’t play so we always tell them…also we want to make sure that everyone understands that the responsibility is on them to deliver because this is our country, we have to do the country proud,” Chiyangi said.
“… if you look so far, this is a build-up not only to the CHAN but also other games that are coming like the Africa cup of nations. So, since we have been disappointed in the last two AfCONs we really have to work hard this time and these are the only players that we have that are playing in Zambia. Yes, we have other professionals that are playing outside the country, but we really have to concentrate on the ones that are playing in Zambia because these are the ones that we have so much time with. So it is important for them that they really play well and do something for this country.”
He said he was very confident that players such as Kelvin Mubanga of Nkana and Larry Bwalya of Power Dynamos who have been drafted into the squad following the departures of Austin Muwowo and Lazarous Kambole to South Africa would fit in well.
Zambia plays Botswana just a month after beating the Zebras in the COSAFA Castle cup in South Africa.