THE Chipolopolo Boys will host Gabon in an international friendly on September 8 to prepare the team for future assignments, says FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe.
Tembwe said this will be two days after their clash with Kenya in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Nairobi.
Tembwe said the friendly will be played in the evening at Lusaka’s Heroes National Stadium as a preparation for the senior team’s future assignments.
“The team will leave for Nairobi on September 4 and fly out immediately after the match. We understand that the match will be played after the qualifier, but the team still has other future assignments hence the team continuous preparations,
“These friendlies work as a barometer for the technical bench to see the team’s progress,” he said.
He was positive that professional players will feature in the friendly match as it will be played on a FIFA date. He said that the senior team was expected to be in camp for two weeks and coach George ‘Chicken’ Lwandamina will avail the provisional team soon.
Tembwe announced that FAZ would be securing two friendly games for the Under-23 national team ahead of the Senegal U-23 African Championship that kicks off in November.
“The African Championship is serving as a qualifier to the 2016 Olympic Games, so we are treating it with utmost importance. We want to secure a friendly with a West and North African team looking at the composition of teams at the tournament, “There is Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal and South Africa. We want our boys to get familiar with the North and West African style of football,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tembwe said the association had already identified the expatriate coach and was just waiting for Government to finalise on the pending issue of his salary. He however reaffirmed that Lwandamina will continue to be part of the technical bench even after the new coach was engaged.
“The coach has already been identified and we are just waiting for Government to give us a go-ahead. But even when the new coach is engaged, he will need the help from Lwandamina who will remain part of the technical bench,”he said.