Zambia ready for Kenya


…as Lwandamina builds sharp frontline

ZAMBIA national soccer team interim coach George Lwandamina says he has assembled a sharp frontline that will pull down Kenya’s defences in Sunday’s Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Nairobi.

In an interview after the team’s training session at Lusaka’s National Heroes Stadium, Lwandamina confidently said that he was going to Kenya with a strong striking force to get Zambia the needed win.

“I am impressed with the striker’s accuracy at goal. They are really putting in their best.  If they are scoring at their clubs, I don’t know why they should fail on Sunday. I am bewildered by Collins Mbesuma’s form but he has to prove himself on Sunday that his recall was not a waste,” he said.

He expressed happiness with the professional players’ level of fitness and that they were jellying well with the locals.

“The professionals are in form and responding well to training. But more importantly is that they are blending well with the locals. They need to work as a team to get the needed positive result,” he said.

However, Lwandamina said the local players maybe under pressure to prove themselves due to the presence of the 10 professionals.

“In most instances, local players are under pressure to prove that they deserve the slot.

But I am sure that they will coordinate well with the senior players,” he said.

Lwandamina reaffirmed that his target in Nairobi was to get a win and nothing else.

“My target is to get a positive result. This game will in many ways determine Zambia’s chances of qualifying to the AfCON. The boys need to focus and play to instructions,” he said.

Meanwhile, Israel-based Emmanuel Mbola and Evans Kangwa who were expected in Zambia by yesterday afternoon have failed to show up for the tournament.

FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe said the secretariat was still in communication with the Israeli clubs over the release of the two players.

“We are still waiting for the response from their respective clubs. Our desire is to have the full squad. They need to be here early to adapt with the rest of the team,” he said.