Players Can Gate Crash World Cup Team with Good Performances-Micho
Chipolopolo coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic says he expects a very competitive match tomorrow (Tuesday) against Benin at the Mathieu Kerekou Friendship Stadium.
Addressing a pre-match press conference today held at the Ministry of Sports in Cotonou, Micho said Benin was preparing for a delayed final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone guaranteeing top opposition during the game against Zambia.
“We are two teams on different missions, as far as I know Benin national team is preparing for the do or die clash against Sierra Leone. Having that in mind we are willing to help our friends to have a competitive momentum before playing Sierra Leone on a yet to be designated date that CAF will decide,” he said.
Micho said that despite some of his top players missing out on the Benin clash he was confident that the squad he had carried would give Benin a tough test.
“…unfortunately, we have played the last match without several players against Senegal. This has a negative connotation that we have been out scored in that match. But also, the positive connotation is that we have given chance to some of the players that are fighting for their places in the World Cup squad in September,” he said.
Micho said the Benin match will be a test of character for his squad in the aftermath of the Senegal loss.
“The second match is a big test of character, measurement of value of this generation of Zambian players against a very good team and coach Michel Dussuyer who has been around Africa in Guinea and Ivory Coast. I expect a very good match against Benin,” he said.
“I expect a very competitive and tough match that will give us huge benefits. A match like that is more valuable than 20 training sessions.”
The Serb said the Chipolopolo will pick up the momentum from the second half display against Senegal.
He added: “We have gone in this match without several crucial players who are not around since they are on the brink of changing to higher professional leagues and bigger teams. The South African league finished on Saturday, and we have many players in South African league, also Congo and Tanzania are playing matches.”
“We could not get our players, but we have got a team that we have absolute trust and confidence and firm belief in, and change will be that two players that have been sick are coming back. This is the only re-enforcement we are having.”
The clash with the Squirrels will be the second international game during the FIFA window that Zambia will conclude with a tie against Sudan in Omdurman on June 11.
GOALKEEPERS: Cyril Chibwe (Polokwane City, South Africa), Lameck Siame (Kabwe Warriors), Gregory Sianjase (Young Green Eagles)
DEFENDERS:Tandi Mwape (TP Mazembe, DRC), Isaac Shamujompa, Golden Mafwenta (Buildcon), Benedict Chepeshi, Prosper Chiluya (both Red Arrows), Dominic Chanda (Kabwe Warriors), Makabaniso Magenge (Lusaka Dynamos)
MIDFIELDERS: Benson Sakala, Spencer Sautu (both Power Dynamos), Salulani Phiri (Polokwane City, South Africa), Amity Shamende (Green Eagles), Paul Katema (Red Arrows), Prince Mumba (Kabwe Warriors)
FORWARDS: Collins Sikombe (Lusaka Dynamos), Moses Phiri, Rogers Kola (both Zanaco) Ntazana Mayembe (Cardiff City, Wales), Brian Mwila (Buildcon)