HONOUR Janza’s coaching expertise will be put to test today when the Zambia senior team face Malawi in an international friendly match at Lusaka’s Nkoloma Stadium.
The Chipolopolo are using the friendly game to prepare for the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) Senior Challenge cup set for South Africa from May 17 to 29,.
The friendly will be the first match for Janza after he was declared an under-qualified coach by FAZ president Kalusha Bwalya at the annual general meeting in March in Kabwe.
Meanwhile, Janza said his lads were ready for the challenge and will not underestimate Malawi till the final whistle was blown.
He said Zambia has to protect the image of being the 2012 African champions and therefore would not risk losing to Malawi.
“I am not ruling out Malawi, but Zambia must win this game. This is an important match for us and will play as though it is a cup final. The boys are ready and will not leave any stone unturned, ”he said.
He said that the friendly will allow the technical bench identify the flaws in the team before heading to South Africa.
“This game will bring out the results of the five days of training. We will be able to know the players fitness and what else hasn’t been worked on, “he said.
Malawi coach Young Chimodzi described today’s match as tough but was positive that his lads will carry the day.
Chimodzi said his team that comprised of local players would not be intimidated by Zambia’s inclusion of foreign based players.
“The foreign based players in Zambia’s team will just give us a good game. We are using the friendly to prepare for the COSAFA so it’s good to play against professional players. Malawi has never won any cup so winning the COSAFA cup will be the best present to our people,”he said.
Chimodzi said the friendly game will give them a clue of how the defending COSAFA champions Zambia play before facing them at the tournament.
Janza has called skipper Rainford Kalaba, Kabaso Chongo , Nathan Sinkala, given Singuluma all of TP Mazembe and Aaron Katebe from FC Platinum in Zimbabwe.
Malawi is ranked 26 in Africa, 91 in the world and fifth on the COSAFA while Zambia is sixth on the continent and 41 globally.