We are looking Forward to Sunday’s Game-Micho
Chipolopolo coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic says he has seen enough of the players during the international window matches to know which ones to draft in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in September.
And Micho says the lighting at the Al Hilal Stadium posed a challenge to his team in the early stages of their 3-2 loss to Sudan.
Speaking in a post-match interview after the 3-2 loss to Sudan in a practice match, Micho said he had gotten enough insight to be fully ready for Sunday’s FIFA international friendly match at Al Hilal Stadium.
“We had in the rotational aspect, bearing that this is our third match, we have rested some players and given some chance to the players that have not played until now including Magenge Makabaniso and Isaac Shamujompa and others,” he said.
“I need to say that we are very satisfied with the match, Isaac Shamujompa played very well while others still need space to improve and room to develop. We have rotated and rested some players and now we are ready to play the official friendly game counting for FIFA ranking on Sunday.”
He added: “I need to say that some of the players have impressed much that they will fight for the place in the first eleven, if not in first eleven, we have seen that they are great impact players. Widening the pool of players has helped us so much and once all our best players are coming back and we get a chance to be together with the best, Zambians will have reason to smile.”
The Serbian Wolf whose stint at Sudan’s All Hilal left a footprint in the country with CAF Champions League semi-final milestones said the Falcons of Jediane were worthy opponents having qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in a group comprising Ghana, South Africa, and Sao Tome and on the brink of qualification to the FIFA Arab Cup billed for Qatar in December.
The FIFA Arab Cup is a 16-team tournament that will act as a dress rehearsal for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup and Sudan must play Libya in a play-off before confirming their ticket to the tournament.
“We knew that we are coming to a country that has qualified to the Africa Cup of Nations, that has the players that are playing CAF Champions League in Al Hilal and El Merrreikh and have beaten Ghana and South Africa not by accident,” he said.
He said that Sunday’s match will be an opportunity to wind up the three-country tour with a positive result.
“We are looking toward Sunday’s game in great hope that we shall accomplish our mission in the best possible way. We are going now to recover our players today (Friday) and tomorrow and come out Sunday and give everything so that we compete this journey of preparation in the best possible way.”
Zambia and Sudan will clash on Sunday in the third FIFA international match that the Chipolopolo will play during the FIFA Window.
The first match was a 3-1 loss to a star-studded Senegal in Thies before drawing 2-2 with Benin in Cotonou.
Micho has been using a largely local assemblage of players for his FIFA window assignments.