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I am not worried, says Lwandamina

DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO, Lusaka
COACH George Lwandamina is not worried with the two losses the Chipolopolo suffered at the Angola four-nation tournament, saying the technical bench has met the objective of exposing players.
Zambia lost 3-0 to Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday and 4-3 on penalties to Namibia after a goalless draw at 11 November Stadium in Luanda on Saturday.
Hosts Angola won the tournament.
Lwandamina said from Luanda yesterday that Wednesday’s 2018 Russia World Cup qualifier against Sudan will be a different situation.
“We have assessed all the players and we are able to tell where we are. The result is not something that can demoralise the team, it was just a test match. We have assessed every player and we will be able to come up with a tangible team for Sudan. We will definitely work on the team,” he said.
Lwandamina said the outing to Angola provided a good psychological training for the team ahead of the clash against Sudan.
He also said the Sudanese are trying to play mind games by taking the match to Karima but that the Chipolopolo will not bow down to any tricks.
The town situated in the northern part of Sudan is 452kms from Khartoum.
“We are prepared for them, even if they take the game that far… we will play. They are trying to play mind games but we are ready for them. We have good players and our professional players are matured enough to handle any situation,” he said.
Lwandamina will today name the local players that will join the nine foreign-based players for the Sudan match.
The foreign-based players are Kennedy Mweene, Stopilla Sunzu, Aaron Katebe, Nathan Sinkala, Chisamba Lungu, Lubambo Musonda, Rainford Kalaba, Evans Kangwa and Collins Mbesuma.
The Chipolopolo are expected to leave for Sudan today.
Meanwhile, former national soccer team coach Patrick Phiri is confident the Chipolopolo will beat Sudan, ALEX NJOVU reports.
“Zambia has beaten Sudan at their home ground before. We have done it in the past by collecting maximum points in Khartoum. We can do it even this time, there is nothing impossible when you have a positive mind,” said Phiri from Mazabuka yesterday.
Phiri was in charge when Zambia beat Sudan 1-0 in Khartoum on September 8, 2002 in a 2004 Tunisia Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.




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