FORMER national team midfielder Tenant Chilumba has cautioned the Chipolopolo players not to lose concentration as Namibia will play an attacking game in tomorrow’s Rwanda 2016 CAF African Champions (CHAN) clash.
The Chipolopolo will meet the Brave Warriors of Namibia in the second leg qualifier at Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.
Chilumba said it will be a tricky game for Zambia in that they have suffered two defeats at the hands of Namibia.
He said Namibia will be fighting for two things; to qualify to the next round and also to prove that they can beat Zambia in their own backyard.
“Namibia is coming in this match with a 2-1 lead and Zambia needs only a win to qualify for the second round. This will be a very tricky game hence the boys need not lose concentration. Namibia has a good frontline and will definitely play an attacking ball game. They (Zambia) should aim at scoring more goals to deter Namibia from qualifying, “he said.
He said the Chipolopolo should play with confidence to get a positive result against a team that has shocked every Zambian.
“I don’t doubt that the two coaches have done a good job in psyching the players. The boys need to be confident to win this game. The boys should not listen to the spectators but follow the trainers’ instruction. I urge the fans to also rally behind the boys; a 12th player is important to team morale, “he said.
Meanwhile, Zambia Soccer Fans Association (ZSFA) chairperson Peter Makembo said a third defeat to Namibia will be depressing to the soccer fans.
Makembo said the team will be facing a familiar opponent and therefore have no excuse for losing.
“The team has capable players that can deliver Zambians from shame. We have suffered humiliation and it’s time we taught Namibia a lesson. Losing to Namibia a third time is as good as saying we are a poor record,” he said.
Namibia coach Ronnie Kanalelo said his charges will be looking for a 1-0 scoreline to qualify to the second round.
“We just need to beat Zambia 1-nil to qualify. Zambia is looking for revenge, but I assure everyone that they will not have it at all, “he said.
Namibia beat Zambia 2-1 in the first leg of the 2016 Rwanda CHAN qualifier at Sam Nujoma Stadium two weeks ago.