By Anye Nde Nsoh
Sports Writer Kick442.com Cameroon
Barely hours to the last game of qualifiers for Zambia, head coach Milutin Sredojević popularly known as coach “Micho”, has hinted how ambitious the team is for victory.
No opponent according to him is to be underestimated.
“We do not have to underestimate or under rate Namibia. After Guinea game, we started preparation ahead of this game to psychi the players in the best possible way to correct what is wrong against Guinea. We respect our opponent but trying to avoid any complacency. We need to have settled our mind sets towards our performance. We should not see in front of ourselves an eliminated team to see that this is a cup final which will help us get a good result. We can see Liverpool and Burnley. Football is a tricky game that can change at anytime.”
Speaking during a pre-match conference, coach Micho affirms the stern nature of Namibia in conceding goals which may pose a problem to the Zambian side.
“We need to play very well against a team that do not normally concede much goals. They want to come out with a good result. We need to be solid defensively and be creative in our build ups. We need to be very effective in front of goal which requires tactical approach. The biggest opponent is ourselves. We are in one kitchen called CHAN which is very exciting. Roller coaster action thriller. You can never know what will happen until the final minutes. CHAN is here to serve to all Africans a ray of hope called football. We need some ingredients.” Zambia coach Micho
The Serbian football manager who is the head coach of Zambia national football team is not worried about the game. Rather he things of the best to be put in.
“Whoever comes as opponent is acceptable. To be the best, one has to play with the best. The direction of the game might change. Morocco might be defeated by Uganda. I respect Morocco, however, we did not think about them. Our main focus now is 90 minutes against Namibia as our destiny is in our own hands.”
Quizzed about the 1#1 performance in their last encounter against Guinea, the 51-year-old gaffer says the past remains the past.
“What was behind is a past experience. Tomorrow will be a totally different game. We have no right to relate this game to the past game. We will play this game as if we are playing against world champions, France. The balance of not conceding and trying to score will help us get the best result and qualify for the quarter final.” Coach Micho
Zambia with four points will take on Namibia who is yet to record a point in the tournament. The game will be played at the Limbe Omnisport Stadium, 8:00pm Wednesday January 27, 2021.
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