CHIPOLOPOLO sit in coach Aggrey Chiyangi says he has a team that can conquer and win the Africa Cup of Nations (AfCON).
Speaking ahead of today’s friendly game against Niger at General Seyin Kaunlche Stadium, Chiyangi said the game was being used to gauge the team ahead of crucial encounters.
“This game is important because we are preparing for two games. It’s important because we have to expose our players, they have to get the feel of playing away from home. It will also help us to see that the players are in good shape and come up with the best team we can pick,” Chiyangi said.
“Our team has come here to prepare for the game against Algeria in November, it’s an important preparation for us because we have to make sure that the team is ready.”
Chiyangi said Zambia had evolved since 2012 and had become a better side and a force to reckon with.
“We have gone through a process after the 2012 AfCON. We missed on the other qualifications but we have been doing our best to try and come back where Zambia is supposed to be and so far we have a team that can give us hope and I am sure that we will qualify for the next AfCON,” he said.
“We have a team that can conquer Africa. The last time we played Algeria in 2012, we beat them home and away and we are not worried about them, we just have to plan well against them because the game is away.”
Meanwhile, Niger coach Cheik Omase Diabate anticipates a tough encounter against Zambia.
“We anticipate a tough game against Zambia knowing very well that it’s a powerhouse of football. The team is ready for the game though the result of the game will not matter very much to us. Beating Zambia will be a good thing but you have to understand that our players are not very experienced. Yes, we have a few experienced players but we didn’t have enough time to train together,” he said.
“Football is a game and these friendly games are there to help us assess how the players are doing. We are grateful to Zambia for coming and we respect their national team so much. We are looking forward to the game.”