Game on, says Mweene

NATIONAL team goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene says the team will not look for anything less than a win when they face Guinea Bissau in the Gabon 2017 Africa Cup qualifiers slated for this Saturday at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.

In an interview after a training session at Kitwe’s Arthur Davies Stadium yesterday, Mweene said the team will not underestimate Guinea Bissau especially that they do not know their kind of play.

“A draw is not acceptable, we are not looking for anything less than a win so that is the thing that is in every player’s mind, how to get the three points. As a professional player, you always want to know your opponents. I have been searching to know Guinea Bissau and I haven’t found anything so far.

‘’This is even more dangerous because you cannot underrate such a team because you don’t know what they will come with; you don’t know what players they have and their game plan. Those are the most dangerous teams to play against,“ he said.

He said that playing at home was never ease because it brought with it a lot of pressure especially to the younger players.

“It is always good playing at home but also comes with a lot of pressure especially to the younger ones who are not used. For some of us we are used, we know the kind of pressure we will have on Saturday and it is something normal. We just have to bring the young ones close so they understand the importance of the game, which is getting the three points,“ he said.

Mweene said he could not refer to newly appointed interim national team coach George Lwandamina as a new coach because he was familiar with almost all the players in camp.

“I won’t call him as a  new coach because he is familiar to each and every player in camp; so I think he is not new, he has coached some of us at junior level, “he said.

Meanwhile, team manager Lusekelo Kamwambi said skipper Rainford Kalaba and Stopphila Sunzu were expected to join the team yesterday while Egyptian-based striker Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba arrives today.

Kamwambi said the players were responding extremely well to training and the morale was high.