THE Chipolopolo Boys should take the 2016 CAF African Nations Championships (CHAN) qualifier against Namibia seriously
The Zambia Voluntary Soccer Fans’ Association (ZAVOSOFA) patron Peter Makembo warned the senior national soccer team against complacency when the face Namibia in the first round.
The two sides will meet over two legs in June and July with the winner advancing to the final qualifying stage where they will face victor of the Mozambique versus Seychelles games.
Makembo said that the Chipolopolo Boys will have to atone for their continued run of poor performances in recent tournaments by making sure they beat Namibia both home and away and eventually qualify for the tournament which will be held Rwanda later.
He explained that the team should be adequately prepared if it was to post good results and called on the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to ensure that issues surrounding the coach of the national team were quickly ironed out as they have the potential to disturb the players’ performance.
“There is no room for error this time and the boys should not feel that Namibia is a walk-over because football is played on the pitch and there are no more underdogs.
Namibia can pull a surprise and qualify ahead of us,” Makembo said.He said the CHAN was a big tournament for the locally-based players to prove themselves and called for harmony between the players and the technical bench.
Meanwhile, Pastor Makembo has saluted Zambia’s continental flag bearers Zesco United and Power Dynamos, despite being eliminated from their respective continental club assignments, for putting up a good fight against Africa’s finest teams.
“We salute Zesco United and Power Dynamos for a spirited fight in continental football this far and we would like to urge the players, coaches and sponsors to put their elimination behind and concentrate on the league so that if possible, they can represent us again next year and do better,” he said.
“Zambians were behind the two teams knowing that they were our envoys and we thank them for what they have done. They should not get discouraged by the results but should continue working hard in the league and other tournaments,” he said.