ALEX NJOVU, Lusaka
NATIONAL team manager Chris Chibuye says the Chipolopolo are ready for Sunday’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) first
round against Swaziland.
Chibuye said in an interview from Johannesburg yesterday that the Wedson Nyirenda-led technical bench is impressed with commitment from the players ahead of the first leg clash at Somhlolo National Stadium in Mbabane.
He said the team is focused on the match.
“We are leaving for Swaziland tomorrow [today] in the morning. And we are not dropping any player from the team because we are also preparing for the return leg in Lusaka.
“The decision has been taken not to leave out any player knowing that we are playing another game next weekend just in case of an injury. But the team is injury-free and looking forward to the game,” Chibuye said.
He said Zanaco and Zesco United players who have been summoned to bolster the team have integrated well into the squad.
“All the players that we have called to the squad are responding well in training. All the departments are solid,” he said.
Meanwhile, Swaziland Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs David Ngacamphalala says King Mswati expects Swaziland to beat Zambia.
Ngacamphalala said it is time for Swaziland to end the Chipolopolo’s dominance.
Zambia and Swaziland have met 13 times with the Chipolopolo winning on eight occasions, drawing twice and losing three.
“King Mswati expects Swaziland to beat Zambia on Sunday, no two ways about it. We expect a win. He has told me that he wants a win from the team,” he said.
He said coach Pieter de Jongh must inspire Sihlangu to victory.
“King Mswati and the government are doing a lot for the team and to develop football and other sports disciplines in the country. We need to win this game. I know it will be a full house, we cannot afford to disappoint our people,” he said.