FORMER Zambia national team coach Herve Renard says the Chipolopolo have to work harder if they are to make a maiden qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Speaking in an interview in Lusaka, Renard said it was equally his wish to see Zambia make a historic qualification to the biggest show piece but that such ambitions came with the responsibility, hard work and determination.
He said it was unfortunate that Zambia could not make it to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations but said all hope was not lost as the Chipolopolo could still pull a surprise and make it to the World Cup.
“Zambia is my home and I always wish the best for the Chipolopolo. The past three years have been rough for the country, but circumstances can change,
“The players just need to work harder to fulfill the dream of a World Cup qualification. Zambia still have a chance,” he said.
Renard challenged the players to put in their best in Cameroon.
He said Zambia faced a tough game against the Indomitable Lions of Africa and required more effort from players.
“The players should never be reluctant because they are in a tough group. They have to put their hearts into the game against Cameroon. It is possible to win away, ” he said. Meanwhile, Sports minister Moses Mawere said Government had already released money for the team’s adequate preparation and it was up to Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to organize a friendly game before the Cameroon tie. “We have given FAZ money to organize friendlies before the game against Cameroon, it’s up to them to decide, ” Mawere said. He said the Chipolopolo had to win the next qualifier as it would decide Zambia’s fate in her quest for a maiden qualification to the World Cup. He advised the team to ensure the preparations were adequate enough to yield a positive result.
“The game in Cameroon will be a decider. So the team has to prepare well. The people of Zambia are expecting a win, ” he said.
Zambia faces Cameroon on November 12. The Chipolopolo lost their opening qualifier 2-1 to Nigeria this month at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola