Zambia coach Herve Renard believes Zambia are in better shape than last year, as they prepare to defend the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
The Zambians kick off their campaign on 21 January against Ethiopia, on the back of three defeats and a draw in their warm-up games.
But Renard, who guided the team to their first Nations Cup last year, is happy with his side’s build-up.
“I think we are better than last year at the same stage,” he said.
“At the same stage [last year], I was very, very concerned. All our warm-up games had been poor.
“But look what happened then – we had nothing to show for ourselves and we won the tournament.
“I am lucky to have such a squad.”