ROBINSON KUNDA, Rustenburg, South Africa
COACH Salim Mayanga says Tanzania are targeting winning the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Senior Challenge Cup and will not be intimidated when they face Zambia in the semi-finals tomorrow.
And Zambia skipper Donashano Malama said the match against the Taifa Stars is a must-win.
Mayanga said in an interview yesterday that his troops are in South Africa to fight for glory.
He said the match will be evenly contested.
Mayanga admitted that Zambia has quality players but that the Taifa Stars want to lift the COSAFA trophy.
He said his team is playing good football and will not allow Zambia to intimidate them.
Tanzania stunned defending champions South Africa 1-0 on Sunday, 24 hours after Zambia beat Botswana 2-1.
The last time Zambia and Tanzania locked horns in the COSAFA Cup was in 1997 and the match ended 2-2 in Arusha.
And Malama said morale in camp is high.
The Nkana midfielder, who is the most experienced player in coach Wedson Nyirenda s youthful side, said the team is focused on getting a positive result in tomorrow’s match at Moruleng Stadium. Malama said they will not underrate the East Africans because football is a ‘fun odd game.’
“There are no underdogs in football even those FIFA rankings don’t work. We just have to work hard. We know things have not gone very well for the senior team in recent matches but we want to appeal to the people back home to continue supporting us. No-one wants to lose, we all want to win and I can assure them that things will be okay,” he said.
Malama is happy that Nyirenda has given him the responsibility to lead a team which comprises upcoming players.
Meanwhile, Football Association of Zambia vice-president Rix Mweemba appealed to the players not to underrate Tanzania.
“We want to win this tournament and we have a good team to get the results. I am confident we will beat Tanzania,” Mweemba said.