Creating a Strong Team is Not an Overnight Exercise-Lubambo

Poland based midfielder Lubambo Musonda says the Chipolopolo squad is just needs a few touch ups to reach a competitive level that will see the team mount a formidable challenge in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Speaking to the FAZ Media, Musonda said that no one was more hurt than the players at the failure to qualify to the Cameroon 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Slask Wroclaw star has urged fans to rally behind the team through the bad patch that they are passing through.

“We all put in a lot and it just couldn’t happen, we had may setbacks, injuries and so forth and the team kept faith in qualifying until we played our game against Algeria,” he said.

“It pained all the players because we all wanted to qualify to the Africa Cup and it just could not come. We will not give up; we will set another goal which is to qualify to the World Cup.”

He said that the team will work hard to ensure that they compete in a group comprising Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea and Mauritania.

“We will work together and prepare adequately with each other and see how we can gel together and create a strong team,” Musonda said.

“In football creating a strong team is not an overnight thing. There has to be a lot of coordination, understanding of each other as players and technical bench. That is exactly what we are trying to work on. Looking at how we have been together in camp it is really getting to that good point. I am hoping it will not take so long to build.”

He added: “I believe in this team; I believe we are able to qualify, we have got a good team and players. If we work together as a team there is nothing impossible with God. We will get to the World Cup.”

Musonda has urged fans to support the team, “Fans should not lose hope, we are there, this is the time we need their support most, they should stand with us and we will definitely give them what they want.”

In the race to Qatar 2022 the Chipolopolo boys are in Group B with Tunisia, Equatorial Guinea and Mauritania.

On match day one the Chipolopolo will be away to Mauritania in the first weekend of June before hosting Tunisia a week later.

Game three of six in the group will be a trip to face Equatorial Guinea between 1-4 September before a return fixture against the Nzalang Nacional between the 5-7 September 2021.


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