ZAMBIA is well prepared to finish the job she started in Ndola and qualify to the Rwanda 2016 CAF African Nations (CHAN) finals when she meets the Mambas of Mozambique in Maputo tomorrow, says Chipolopolo coach George ‘Chicken’ Lwandamina.
In an interview after the team’s training session at Lusaka’s Independence Stadium yesterday, Lwandamina said Zambia will not have an early celebration because they still had the 90 minutes to finish the work in Mozambique.
“We have done 75 percent of the work and will add the 25 per cent in the two days remaining. The training the team has undergone gives me confidence that we will finish the job in Maputo,” he said.
He said the team was prepared for anything; if Mozambique wanted to take it to penalties, the lads were ready.
He however said the team’s target was to finish the game in regulation time with goals.
“We reduced the distance to Rwanda in the first leg, but now we have to complete it. The team is very ready for whatever Mozambique mighty term as ‘surprise’. They may use a different approach, but we are ready,” he said.
Lwandamina said it was never his philosophy to play a defensive game, and therefore the boys will attack even if they have three goals on the score sheet.
Meanwhile, Lwandamina said the three players that he called to beef up the team responded well to training and have brought competition.
“The three players have brought competition to the squad. I am certain it is the reason why the players are not complacent. The trio are putting in the best and I am impressed,” he said.
The three are Zanaco striker Moses Phiri, Zesco United midfielder Mwape Mwelwa and Mwila Phiri of Green Eagles.
The team is today scheduled to leave for Maputo.
Zambia faces Mozambique tomorrow in a decisive CHAN 2016 Rwanda final leg qualifier.
The Mambas have to score four unanswered goals to qualify after they lost 3-0 to the Chipolopolo Boys last Saturday.