INTERIM Zambia national soccer team coach George ‘Chicken’ Lwandamina says his lads will rewrite the winning history against Mozambique when the two clash in tomorrow’s Rwanda 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) final round first leg qualifier at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
Speaking after the team’s practice match against ZESCO Academy at the same stadium yesterday, Lwandamina declared his boys ready and said that Zambia will maintain their winning record against the Mambas tomorrow.
He said he was not expecting complacency in the team as the players have shown determination to bring down the Mambas.
“Since 2009, the team has failed to qualify for the tournament but that drought will end. We will rewrite the winning history against Mozambique. I am not underrating Mozambique, but maximum points are needed,” he said.
He said he had physically drilled the players and was now leaving everything to God.
“The players are in shape but the spiritual part remains with God. Player need to be focused and ambitious to achieve a good performance,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mozambique coach Helder ‘Mano Mano’ Muianga, speaking on arrival at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport, said he was expecting a difficulty match especially that it was an away game.
“I expect a very tough match, but we are ready to fight. Our target is to grab a win because even at our own soil, Zambia is a threat. We are ready to surprise the Chipolopolo boys,” Muianga said.
He said the team will be without first choice goalkeeper César Machava who is nursing a knee injury.
He however, said the team was still intact and ready to upset Zambia.
Chipolopolo has failed to qualify for the last two editions of the CHAN tournament since winning Bronze at the inaugural tournament in Cote d’Ivoire in 2009.