THE Zambia national football team yesterday arrived in Giunea-Bissau ahead of this Saturday’s must win encounter in the AfCON qualifiers against that country.
The Chipolopolo flew directly to Guinea-Bissau from Gambia after an international friendly in which they recorded a barren draw.
Coach George ‘Chicken’ Lwandamina has expressed satisfaction with the goalless draw in the international friendly match played against Gambia in Bakau on Monday.
Both teams used the match to prepare for their respective 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers scheduled for June 4.
Monday’s friendly match came on the back of another international engagement played against Togo on Friday in which the Chipolopolo lost 1-0 as the team continued to build up for the encounter.
Lwandamina said there were many positives and negatives he picked from the two friendly matches which he said needed to be addressed in readiness for the decisive encounter with Guinea Bissau who will be looking forward to consolidating their lead at the summit of group E and qualify ahead of the rest.
He pointed out that the most important thing was to gauge the team against West African opposition in preparation for Guinea Bissau.
He said while their counterparts defended well and kept the Zambain defenders on their toes for most of the game, the Chipolopolo strikers did not pressurize their opponents to give the food for thought because West Africans were known for aggressive play.
“The result was fair because Gambia gave us a good test. They attacked and we defended well; we did not do much in attack. At least Gambia has given us a feeling of what to expect against Guinea Bissau because West African teams play the same aggressive type of football,” said Lwandamina