…he says losing to Kenya will be an embarrassment to the nation
President Edgar Lungu says the Chipolopolo game against Kenya on Sunday is a win affair.
The President said that the boys needed to put in their very best to make sure they won the game because losing to Kenya will be an embarrassment to the nation.
The president this when visited the team at National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka yesterday ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Kenya in Nairobi.
President Lungu challenged the boys to put in their best and give Zambia an honourable representation.
“Sunday’s game is a win affair. If you fail, to win it will be an embarrassment. Just have the confidence that you will win, and I know you can do it,” he said.
He advised the players to remain disciplined and listen to the coaches instructions.
“Discipline is vital for you to win this game. Respect your opponents and remain focused,” he said.
Meanwhile, President Lungu also promised to buy a Marcopolo bus for the national team.
Coach George Lwandamina has unveiled a 23-member final squad that will be making the trip today which comprises a mixture of local and foreign-based players, with TP Mazembe player Kabaso Chongo being the only professional axed from the contingent.
Full squad: Kennedy Mweene, Danny Munyao, Jacob Banda, Chisamba Lungu, Christopher Munthali, Nathan Sinkala, Collins Mbesuma, Rainford Kalaba, Stophilla Sunzu, Jack Chirwa, Lubambo Musonda, Kondwani Mtonga, Winston Kalengo, Boyd Mkandawire, Aaron Katebe, Benedict Chepeshi, Buchizya Mfune, Donashano Malama, Jackson Mwanza, Solomon Sakala, Paul Katema, Benson Sakala, and Friday Samu.
Meanwhile Kenya coach Bobby Williams says he is expecting a tough game against the Chipolopolo whom he said had adequately trained for the encounter compared for the Harambee Stars as most players summoned to camp were released late by their clubs.
However, Williamson believes that with several experienced internationals in his squad, his boys should not face a major problem when the two sides lock horns.
“Of course, they (Zambia) will always have an advantage because we did not have early preparations. It was a question of whether we had the players and whether the clubs released them early,” Williams said. The Scot has also defended his misfiring strikers that struggled to score goals in the African Nation Championship (Chan) qualifiers where they were tossed out by Ethiopia on a 2-0 aggregate.
“Why always be negative, we can pick some positivity. We scored four goals against Botswana (in the under -23 Africa Youth Championships), and, of course, our strikers are having a good run,” he said.