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Zambia face Namibia in quarter-finals

DIANA MUTAKAFIMBO, Rustenburg, South Africa
ZAMBIA will face Namibia in the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Senior Challenge Cup quarter-finals with coach Honour Janza saying the Brave Warriors will be treated with respect.
Namibia thrashed Zimbabwe 4-1 on Thursday to top Group A with seven points one better than the latter.
Janza said in an interview that the Chipolopolo are ready to face any team.
Zambia and Namibia have met three times in the COSAFA Senior Challenge Cup with the former winning once and two matches have ended in draws.
The first meeting was in 1997 and the match ended 1-1.
The following year the teams drew 1-1 and in 2009 Zambia beat Namibia 1-0 in the quarter-finals in Harare.
“Namibia want to show they are a team to reckon with and we are also fighting to keep the trophy. They know we are playing against them in the CHAN [African Nations Championship] qualifiers. There is a lot at stake. Every game has its challenges, Sunday’s won’t be easy but victory will be good,” Janza said.
He reiterated the Chipolopolo’s target of defending the title.
“We came here for competition and prepared to face any team. It is not our choice which team we play and it doesn’t matter which team we play. What matters is that we are prepared for the challenge,” Janza said.
Apart from Zambia, Mozambique, Ghana and hosts South Africa are joining the competition in the quarter-finals.
And goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene said the Chipolopolo will not underrate Namibia.
“No easy games nowadays, you just have to prepare well. Namibia beat Zimbabwe 4-1 meaning there is something they are doing right. It will be a close and tough game. I think we will win 1-0.
“It would have been good to play Zimbabwe because of the rivalry that exists but this is a tournament and we have to play any team. We just have to ensure we get to the semi-finals,” Mweene said.

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