UNDER-23 national team captain Toaster Nsabata says winning the four-nation football tournament in Angola this Saturday will be a morale booster ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Sudan next Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the George ‘Chicken’ Lwandamina tutored team left for Luanda yesterday aboard a chartered plane to compete in the two-day tournament that comprises hosts Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia and Zambia.
FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe said the chartered plane had to first pick the DR Congo team before the Zambian team at around 16 hours.
“The boys leave at around 16 hours via a chartered plane. The same plane was picking the DR Congo team.
We have confidence that they will showcase good competition,” he said.
Nsabata said Zambia is facing strong sides but they have to protect their pride as former African champions.
“We have to prove ourselves that our qualification to CHAN and Senegal U-23 tournaments was not by chance. It’s not going to be an easy challenge but I still believe we can lift the title,” he said.
And Zanaco midfielder Charles Zulu said he will do his best to help the team put up a good performance in Angola.
“I will do my best. It will be a good exposure for us local players. I have confidence in my teammates that they will deliver a good result,” he said.
Lwandamina emphasised that the tournament will help the local players shape up well ahead of next week’s crucial game against Sudan.
“They need enough exposure to build their confidence. We are not looking down on any team but determined to put up a good show,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Under-23 team regrouped yesterday to prepare for the Senegal 2015 African ChampionshipS that kicks off on November 28.
Coach Fighton Simukonda has called 23 players to camp but only 16 regrouped while the other 14 left with the national team for Angola.
Zambia is in Group A alongside Tunisia, South Africa and hosts Senegal.