Football Association of Zambia (Faz) president Kalusha Bwalya has described the Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2015 draws conducted on Sunday as tough adding that there were no underdogs in today’s football.
The Faz chief who witnessed the draw in Cairo said Zambia would prepare well and qualify for the final tournament to be hosted by Morocco in January 2015.
Zambia will compete in Group F along with Niger, Cape Verde and a fourth team from matches involving Mozambique, South Sudan, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
“Qualifiers can be slippery and difficult. It will be critical but we will be equal to the task in preparing the boys and ensuring that they report in time, recover well after games and be ready for the next match.
“Because of the unique nature of the of this year’s qualifiers which will have games played only days apart, we must be wary of every opponents threat and concentrate on what we are able to do very well. Our target is to qualify and be in Morocco.
“We will play Niger and Cape Verde, two teams that have improved so much in recent years. As we get into the qualifiers, it is also important for us to note that after 2012, we have found it tough going in the qualifiers as competition became more difficult.
“Niger is a strong side that we have played against in a number of years and we all saw what Cape Verde did at the Afcon finals last year in South Africa. They were the surprise team so they will still be competitive.”
Kalusha also observed that Group F could will become tougher as the fourth team from pre-group stage qualification matches could be any of Zambia’s neighbours Tanzania, Mozambique or Zimbabwe.
“It is never easy these are derby matches, so you can see why I say it is a tough draw but Zambia is always ready for a challenge and will give it a good go,” he said.
The qualifation matches at the group stage will be played between 5th September and 19th November, 2014. Group winners and runners- up plus the third best team will join Morocco for final tournament.