TUNISIA warned the junior Chipolopolo that it will do all it can to beat Zambia in the opening match of the Senegal 2015 Under-23 Caf African Championship tomorrow.
Coach Maher Kanzari told Soccer News Africa that the team was ready and targeting a win against Zambia.
Kanzari said the opening match was an important game and Tunisia will therefore fight for a win as a morale booster for the next two matches against Senegal and South Africa.
“Zambia is a good side and I know they will give my lads a tough game.
“They are a strong side and have good players. But we will definitely get a win. This game is important and will determine our next fate,” he said.
He said Tunisia was set to book a slot at the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil and will fight till the last whistle.
Meanwhile, U-23 Zambia team coach Fighton Simukonda said from Dakar that he was happy that the junior Chipolopolo were being treated as under-dogs at the tournament but will pull a big surprise.
Simukonda said the team was aware of Tunisia’s strength in corners and free kicks but they would make sure the North African side was weakened.
“They have three good players and are also good at free kicks and corners. The boys will ensure they clear the lines and avoid the free kicks and corners,” he said.
He predicted a tough encounter and challenged the players to put their heart into the game tomorrow.
He said recording victory in the opening match would be a bonus for the team that targets to end its 27 years absence at the Olympics.
Zambia faces a tough tested Tunisia before taking on Senegal on December 1 and South Africa three days later.