GREEN Buffaloes FC coach Bilton Musonda says the Chipolopolo Boys have the potential to defeat Tunisia tonight when they clash in both team’s second match of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
And Musonda has charged that Nathan Sinkala’s knee injury will affect Zambia’s performance in Equatorial Guinea.
Musonda, who is also Chipolopolo U-20 assistant coach, said Sinkala was an experienced midfielder because he has been in the AfCON squad three times.
“I know coach Honor Janza will find a replacement for Nathan Sinkala. Janza is very experienced and I know he will make sure that Nathan’s absence is not felt,” he said.
Musonda said Tunisia was an average team which could be beaten by the Chipolopolo Boys, judging from their performance during their first match.
“I watched Tunisia’s first game against Cape Verde, they are not strong. The defence was porous and in front they played with one striker,” he said.
Musonda said looking at how Tunisia played against Cape Verde tonight’s game will not be easy but the Chipolopolo Boys have what it takes to beat them.
“I know the calibre of the players who are in Janza’s squad; they will perform extremely well tonight,” he said.
Musonda said the national team will need to change its game plan for tonight’s match by starting on a faster pace compared to its first game against DR Congo.
He said the Chipolopolo Boys had always been starting on slow note during AfCON but tonight they need to change the tactics.
Chipolopolo team doctor Joseph Kabungo says Sinkala will need a minimum of four weeks to heal.
On Tuesday, sports permanent secretary Agness Musunga advised Sinkala to remain positive and not feel frustrated about his injury. She said this when she visited Sinkala in Ebebiyin, Equatorial Guinea.
“I want to assure you that the Government and indeed everyone in Zambia is with you in this predicament. We wish you a speedy recovery”, Musunga said.
Sinkala sustained a knee ligament injury in Zambia’s opening match against the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday which ended in a 1-all draw.