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Kambwili advises players against complacency

MINISTER of Youth and Sport Chishimba Kambwili has advised the national team against complacency when they take on Mozambique in Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
Kambwili said in Lusaka yesterday that the Chipolopolo should respect their opponents.
He said there are no underdogs in modern football.
“Especially Cape Verde, to me they are a strong team. They managed to reach the quarter-finals of the 2013 Africa Cup in South Africa. They were a surprise package of the tournament,” Kambwili said.
He said Cape Verde is a small country but almost all national team players play professional football in Portugal.
Kambwili was not impressed with the overall performance of the Chipolopolo in the 3-1 victory over Sudan in an international friendly at Lusaka’s National Heroes Stadium on Sunday.
“I was not happy with the defence and I want to tell Kalusha Bwalya and the national team coach Honour Janza to work on the defence.
“We were opening up so easily, so easily that if we were playing a strong team it could have been score after score and the game would have ended 3-3, we really need to work hard,” Kambwili said.
Meanwhile, Kambwili said Government is considering chartering a plane for the national team to Cape Verde for next Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
He said it will be too taxing for the Chipolopolo to play Mozambique in Ndola on Saturday and then travel to Cape Verde using a commercial flight.
“Cape Verde is a small Island. It will be difficult to do connections. We need a charter if our boys are even to have time to train,” Kambwili said.

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