FOOTBALL Association of Zambia General Secretary, George Kasengele has announced that the coaching staff has summoned the best players from the Zambian league who will be able to make the country proud at the 2016 CAF African Nations Championship (CHAN), to be hosted by Rwanda.
Kasengele has said that the Zambian lads beat Angola on Sunday in their second practice match in Johannesburg pointing out that it could be concluded from the performance that the team was capable of putting up an impressive performance at the tournament.
Zambia beat Angola 2 – 1 in a friendly international at Muller Ground in Johannesburg on Sunday.
“I am sure that by the weekend, we will be ready to face Zimbabwe who are our first opponents. We are in a tough group with the other two being Mali and Uganda but we do not fear anyone. We will go there with our heads high,” Kasengele said.
He said the Chipolopolo boys, had picked up their fitness levels since they moved to South Africa after starting preparations in Zambia just after Christmas.
Kasengele paid tribute to captain of the side, Christopher Katongo and Isaac Chansa for being part of the team that won the 2012 African Cup of Nations. He pointed out that the two will bring in an important perspective to the team that comprises new players in order for the Chipolopolo to excel in Rwanda.
Kasengele was speaking this afternoon when Zambia’s Deputy High Commissioner, Ms. Philomena Kachesa visited the team at Milpark Garden Court in Johannesburg where they have been camped in preparations for the CHAN tournament.
And Ms. Kachesa urged the team to focus on the tournament so that they come out with results that will make the nation proud. She said that although sport was about winning and losing, the Chipolopolo should not allow defeat as they venture into Rwanda.
“I am happy that the team looks bright and jovial. This is the right spirit when you are going into a tournament such as this one. As Government, we are behind you and we wish you the best as you go into this tournament,” Ms. Kachesa.
The Chipolopolo arrived in Johannesburg on Friday from Zambia where they had earlier set up training camp in Lusaka.
Zambia are in Group D where they will face Zimbabwe on January 19 and Uganda on 23rd. George Lwandamina’s side will wrap up their Group D fixtures against Mali on January 27.
They are expected to play their final friendly on Wednesday when they take on a local club before departing for Kigali on Thursday via Lusaka.
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