THE Norwegian national team arrived in the country yesterday ahead of today’s international friendly against Zambia with coach Egil Olsen promising to give the African champions a good run.
Olsen said his locally-based outfit will give Zambia a good practice match at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Olsen is without his foreign-based players but has faith in the local players.
Norway beat Bafana Bafana, the 2013 Africa Cup hosts, on Tuesday in Cape Town in their first of the two-match tour of Africa.
Captain Tarik Elyounoussi struck for the speedy Norwegians just before the break for the only goal of the match.
“We are here to just play football, as you are aware, we are off season in Norway but the players are fully involved and we will play good football,” Olsen, nicknamed Drillo, said.
“The most important for us is to try out new players who have never played for the national team. The performance is most important than the result.”
And Football Association of Zambia president Kalusha Bwalya says today’s international friendly will give Zambia a good send-off to the 2013 Africa Cup finals tournament scheduled to kick off next Saturday.
He said all the international friendly matches Zambia have played are very important in shaping the team for the forthcoming tournament.
Meanwhile, the Zambia national soccer team arrived in Ndola last evening.
Coach Herve Renard did not speak to journalists saying he will do so today after the match.
Over 50 fans welcomed the team and Renard took time to sign autographs.