Football Sport

Guinea coach warns Zambia

VICTOR KUMWENDA, Rubavu, Rwanda
GUINEA coach Mohamed Kanfory Bangoura is confident the West Africans will beat Zambia in tomorrow’s African Nations Championship (CHAN) quarter-final.
Chipolopolo and Guinea, who progressed from the group stage unbeaten, will clash in a showdown at Umuganda Stadium.
Zambia drew their last group match with Mali 0-0 to finish top with seven points while Guinea upset Nigeria 1-0 to claim second spot on five points at par with group winners Tunisia.
Guinea are making their debut at the event while this is Zambia-second appearance at the tournament.
Bangoura said on Thursday here that despite Zambia boasting of the best defence, his side would reach the semi-finals.
“I have closely watched Zambia. They are technically and tactically a good side that is why they did not concede in the group stage. But since this is a knock-out, we have no option but to win.
“It won’t be easy both teams want to stay but in the end it’s only one team to remain and I believe we are the ones going to pull through because we have also not lost a match,” Bangoura said.
The last time the teams clashed, Zambia lost 2-1 to Guinea at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
However, Bangoura said history will have nothing to do with tomorrow’s encounter.
“I believe history will not matter in this game. What is important is the mentality and fitness of players on that day. There could be reference to that [2006 AfCON] maybe because Zambia if I am not mistaken has two players [Christopher Katongo and Isaac Chansa], who played in that game.
“But each game is different and it’s no easy match. We shouldn’t take away anything from Zambia, they are a difficult side to beat. This is why we are working hard to get a positive result,” he said.
He is working on a strategy to unlock Zambia’s solid backline.
“We are targeting getting more goals but even one will be okay. Zambia has the strongest defence in the tournament and that is something we are working on. I believe and my players believe. That’s what is important,” he said.
Bangoura said knocking out the Super Eagles from the tournament has motivated the team.




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