TP Mazembe defensive midfielder Nathan Sinkala says the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations two-legged qualifier against Congo Brazzaville next month calls for hard work to get six points and solidify Zambia’s berth at the tournament.
Speaking in an interview from DR Congo, Sinkala indicated that Congo Brazzaville was a strong side and should not be underestimated. He said the target of the team was to win both legs to keep Zambia’s hope of qualification alive.
“The game against Congo Brazzaville is not going to be easy. It’s not a game to risk chances but one that calls for hard work from each player. Hard work should start from our respective clubs before eyeing the national team. We have to get six points which is possible if we play as a team,” he said.
He said Zambia will host Congo Brazzaville on March 23 and must win by a big margin before playing as guests in Brazzaville three days later.
“We have to utlise the home ground advantage by scoring more goals. It is never easy to play on foreign soil, so we have to put up a brilliant performance in the first leg. The 12th player, which is the fan, should motivate us to grab a win at home,” he said.
Sinkala advised the national team players to maintain discipline if they want to bring honour Zambia.
“Discipline is vital in football, without it success is impossible. We have to maintain discipline on and off the pitch. Our target should be to top group E,” he said.
He said he will put in the best to assist the team get an African Nations slot and win it.
“I am in form and ready to deliver for Zambia. I know early last year was not an easy one due to injury but after pushing hard, I am back in form,” he said.