…set camp in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where they are to play two international friendlies
By MICHAEL MIYOBA
IN a quest to prepare adequately for Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) set to kick off on January 13 in Ivory Coast, the Zambia national soccer team is scheduled to fly to Saudi Arabia for an international camp.
The international camp preceding the AFCON will see the Chipolopolo who will be domiciled in Jeddah play two international friendly matches.
While the opponents for the January 5th friendly match have not be confirmed, the Chipolopolo will play Morocco on January 9th in their last friendly match in Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile Chipolopolo midfielder Klings Kangwa says that Chipolopolo players are not under pressure despite being in a tough group consisting of Morocco, Congo DR and Tanzania.
Kangwa said the Chipolopolo player were looking forward to play the best teams on the continent to assess their progress as a team.
Asked about the impact coach Avram Grant has brought to the team with his demands for Quality, Passion and Dedication Kangwa said; “Coach Grant has had a huge impact on the team I’m sure you can see how we are playing as a team but obviously we don’t need to relax, we have a huge task ahead of us, the AFCON and the World Cup qualifiers so we need to continue working hard as a team,” Kangwa said.
On Saturday, Chipolopolo coach Avram Grant unvailed his final 27-member squad for the Africa Cup of Nations which will run from January 13 to February 11th.
At the AFCON the Chipolopolo will the first match on January 17 against Congo at the Laurent Pokou Stadium in the coastal city of San Pedro.
Four days later the Chipolopolo will take on the Taifa Stars of Tanzania before winding up their group matches on January 24 against the Atlas Lions.