Coach George Lwandamina has been urged to tell his players to add speed to their skilful play as the Rwanda 2016 CHAN Group D action returns to the pitch today with Mali taking on Zimbabwe at 15.00 hours while group leaders Zambia face Uganda at 18.00 hours.
Zambia must win this match to record a hundred percent tag and qualify to the knock out stage but will complicate her running in the championship if she loses and both Uganda and Mali win their games.
And while most Chipolopolo fans have welcomed the contributions from the two veterans Isaac and Chris Katongo, they have now called for the Coach to instruct his players to add pace and raise the tempo of play unlike the way they played against Zimbabwe in the first game of the group.
Zambia, despite winning, had a casual approach to the game which could have cost them the game had Zimbabwe taken advantage and employed individual brilliance but was also blunt upfront.
“There is need to add more speed in the game. Ugandan players are fast on the ball and we should match them if we want to maintain our momentum in the championship. This is a must win game and Lwandamina should change the tempo of the match” CSFA chairman Yotham Mwanza said.
Zambia impressed with classical possession against Zimbabwe especially in the second half when they got a standing ovation from the fans for stringing over 26 uninterrupted passes between the 77 minute and 79 minute but still lacked pace which they will need against Uganda.
The fans have appealed to the bench to introduce one or two players who will change the tempo of play including changing defence into counter attack to unsettle the Cranes.
With Lwandamina already emphasizing to his squad that the win over Zimbabwe belonged to the archives, Skipper Katongo and Chansa will be required to change gear into top level and urge the junior players to take the game to the opponents.
Though on a different level, the game will be exciting as it will revive memories of the meetings between the two great footballing nations whose last engagement was in 2014 when Zambia beat Uganda 2-1 in a friendly match at Levy Mwanawasa stadium.
Zambia had earlier denied the East Africans a chance to feature at the 2013 AFCON beating them 9-8 on penalties after drawing 1-1 in regulation time.
Now Uganda, though beset with injuries maybe all out to make up for the damage the Chipolopolo have done to their football reputation. Cranes Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic has sounded the war drum to his players ordering that “We must fight hard to get a win to stay in the competition because anything short of that could prove disastrous.”
Nobody can faulty the Cranes coach because this is what Lwandamina has on mind and may apart from fusing in one or two players to change the tempo of the game depend on Katongo, Luchanga and Phiri upfront to search for those dear goals.
Lwandamina is of course comfortable in the midfield where Chansa will once again marshal his partners including Cletus Chama and Mwape Mwelwa while the solid defence of Munthali, Malama and Sakala should rise to the occasion and steer Zambia to the last eight.