CHIPOLOPOLO goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene has called for hard work among the players in today’s game and in the Equatorial Guinea assignments.
Mweene was speaking ahead of today’s game between Chipolopolo and Cape Verde, the two qualifiers in Group F, who are this afternoon meeting in a grudge match at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
The match comes after both teams booked their respective places at January’s finals in Equatorial Guinea. The game will be the two sides second-ever international meeting.
Mweene, who was speaking to journalists in Ndola after a training session yesterday, said the national team had crucial assignments ahead which needed hard work.
“The remaining games will not be very easy and will be just like all the previous games. This time around it will be tougher,” he said.
Mweene advised his teammates to be in the right mindset ahead of the remaining assignments.
“We have to work extra hard to get the desired results. We have no option but to fold our sleeves,” he said.
Mweene also explained that he does not train to save penalties but that he was always careful when handling a penalty kick.
And midfielder Davis Nkausu said the team has come from a long way and would continue with hard work even during the AfCON next year.
“We have come a long way and qualifying to AfCON is our reward and the best we can do for our fans,” he said.
Nkausu said the national team would be careful while in Equatorial Guinea by playing to get maximum results.
He said the most important thing for the team was to qualify to the 2015 AfCON.
“Qualifying was the best way we could honour our late President Michael Chilufya Sata and wipe Zambians’ tears,” he said.