FORMER Zambia national soccer team coach Patrick Phiri says it is always tricky to play Sudan on its soil and Zambia needs confidence to overcome this challenge.
Phiri said the Chipolopolo Boys therefore needed adequate psychological preparedness to beat Sudan in Khartoum for the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers second round first leg on November 11.
He said Sudan was usually strong at home and it would take a lot of concentration and determination by Zambia to overcome the obstacle ahead.
“Playing Sudan at home is difficult. They have proved to be stronger on their backyard. I expect a tough encounter,” he said.
He said the players have lately shown passion for the game and was therefore confident that Zambia will fight to the end.
Phiri said Zambian was a force to reckon with in Africa and it was time that she competed at the World Cup. “Zambia has great players that can compete at a global level. I am impressed with the level of commitment exhibited lately,” he said.
He hailed Collins Mbesuma for being named the South Africa Premier Soccer League player of the month of October .
He said the Mpumalanga Black Aces striker had shown consistency this season. Meanwhile, the Chipolopolo Boys have been invited to compete in a Four Nations tournament which has been organised by the Angolan Football Federation as part of Angola celebrating 40 years of independence.
FAZ spokesperson Nkweto Tembwe said the tournament was part of Angola’s independence celebrations. “Angola celebrates its Independence Day on November 11 but the international football tournament officially known as ’40 Years of Independence Tournament’ has been scheduled to take place on 6th and 7th November,
“ The tournament will be hosted at the 11th of November Stadium in Luanda. The team departs for Luanda on November 4,” he said.
Zambia will join hosts Angola, Namibia and Democratic Republic of Congo.