NATIONAL team players yesterday left for Harare bubbling with confidence that Zimbabwe will fall in tomorrow’s rescheduled 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) final round first leg.
Striker Alex Ng’onga said in an interview at Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda International Airport that the Chipolopolo will maintain its dominance over Zimbabwe.
“We are determined to get a positive result. We know it is only the first leg but for us this is a must-win. In football you have to believe in yourself and we believe in ourselves,” Ng’onga said.
He said time is ripe for the Chipolopolo to make the second appearance at the CHAN finals.
Zambia beat Zimbabwe 2-0 to clinch the 2013 COSAFA Castle Senior Challenge Cup title.
Defender Jimmy Chisenga said Zambia has a chance to beat Zimbabwe at Rufaro Stadium.
“It won’t be easy but we are focused on qualifying for the CHAN finals. In football there is nothing impossible so we just have to concentrate and not lose focus of what is expected of us,” Chisenga said.
Chisenga scored a spectacular goal in the 3-1 win over Mozambique in the quarter-finals of the COSAFA Castle Senior Challenge Cup.
Striker Moses Phiri said nothing will stop the Chipolopolo from qualifying for the CHAN finals in South Africa.
“We have prepared adequately for Zimbabwe. We are going there to prove that we are a better team. We have beaten Zimbabwe twice this year, so they are not a threat to us.
“We are going to Zimbabwe knowing what we need to do to ease the pressure in the return leg. We however have to be cautious Zimbabwe is a strong team especially at home,” Phiri said.
Midfielder Sydney Kalume is looking forward to the ‘Battle of the Zambezi’.
“Of course to qualify for the finals we need to beat the best team. It is not going to be easy but the good thing is that we know their strengths and weaknesses. It will surely be an interesting match,” Kalume said.
The players that left yesterday linked up in Harare with the other ten who were summoned for the international friendly against Senegal in Paris on Wednesday.
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