ZAMBIA has the chance to avenge her defeat at the hands of Namibia three weeks ago in the COSAFA Senior Challenge Cup when they clash again in this Sunday’s CAF African Nations Championship (CHAN) first leg qualifier in Windhoek, says former FAZ vice-president Emmanuel Munaile.
Munaile, a former national team player, advised the Chipolopolo Boys to be committed to their job if they were to achieve the needed results.
He said it was time that the current generation of players performed with passion and patriotism to overturn the recent poor run of results.
He said the CHAN tournament was a good platform for local players to get exposure and they should therefore fight on to reach the finals.
“The CHAN qualifier is an opportunity for Zambia to avenge the COSAFA defeat. During my time, Namibia was a walkover and that should be proved. But that is only possible if the players put in the best. We have talented players but lack patriotism. The young players should realise that it’s through hardwork that they will be recognised internationally,” he said.
He said Zambia had to get a win in Windhoek to slowly erase the disappointing draw result against Guinea Bissau last weekend in the 2017 Gabon Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
“During the Bissau game, the boys controlled the ball but failed to utilise that advantage. We can’t be losing to such teams; this is why we need to get a win no matter what. Zambians should be reverted to a celebratory mood,” Munaile said.
He urged the players picked up for the final squad to prove their worth to the coach and the nation.
Winner of Sunday’s crucial encounter will meet either Mozambique or Seychelles in October in the final qualifying round.