Ivorians predict tough game


IVORY Coast Under-23 assistant coach Souhauo Haidava says his side has prepared for victory although he expects a tough encounter from the junior Chipolopolo.

Speaking on arrival at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) in Lusaka yesterday ahead of the Senegal 2015 Under-23 African Championship final round, final leg tomorrow, Haidava noted that Zambia was one of the best teams that they have played in the qualifiers.

He however said his charges were determined to record victory on Zambian soil.

“Zambia is one of the best teams that we have played.

It’s not an easy team; we can’t predict that we are going to win it easily but we have prepared for victory,” he said.

He said the players were psychologically prepared to handle the pressure that comes with playing an away game.

He said it was unfortunate that the team could not score at home but was more than optimistic to reverse the result at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.

“Zambians love football hence we expect a large fan base at the stadium. My charges are not nervous and are able to handle the pressure.

Our target is a win and nothing else,” he said.

Meanwhile, Fighton Simukonda has maintained the same team that played the first leg in Abidjan.

Notables in the team are strikers Ronald ‘Sate Sate’ Kampamba and Patson Daka, midfielders Kelvin Mubanga and Mukuka Mulenga.

Zambia was held to a barren draw in Abidjan a fortnight ago and therefore needs an outright win tomorrow to qualify for the African Championship which is acting as the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualifier for  Brazil.

Full team: Toaster Nsabata (Zanaco), Kenny Mumba (Red Arrows)

Defenders: Benedict Chepeshi (Red Arrows), Boyd Mkandawire (Napsa Stars), Kayawe Kapota (Nkana), Benson Sakala (unattached), Benard Mapili (Zesco United).

Midfielders: Shadreck Malambo (Red Arrows), Mukuka Mulenga (Bloemfontein Celtic), Jackson Chirwa (Green Buffaloes), Kelvin Mubanga (Power Dynamos), Salulani Phiri (Zanaco), Bruce Musakanya (Red Arrows).

Strikers: Moses Phiri (Zanaco), Patson Daka (Nchanga Rangers), Patrick Ngoma (Red Arrows), Friday Samu (Green Buffaloes), and Ronald Kampamba (Wadi Degla).