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CHIPOLOPOLO DIARY: MICHO PAVES AFCON, CHAN WAY WITH FRIENDLY MATCHES…Zambia Can’t Be Punching Bag in AFCON Group

Chipolopolo coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic says he is closer to having his final teams for the back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Botswana and also the African Nations Championship (CHAN).
Speaking after the morning workout at National Heroes Stadium where he is drilling 42 local players Micho said his charges will be down to 30 after this week’s assessment
Micho said the next test for the remaining players will a friendly match against Malawi next Wednesday in Lusaka before heading to Uganda for a three-nation tournament that will see Zambia play Mali and the Cranes.
The team will face Ethiopia in another international friendly match in Addis Ababa on March 21.
“We have overall 52 players, 10 of them are absent due to competitive duties and 42 are here, 36 in-field players and six goalkeepers. From this number of 52 we shall go down 24 field players and four goalkeepers that will start next Monday 9th March camp. That will culminate in the match against Malawi that we are playing on Wednesday,” he said.
“After that on Sunday 15th March, we are leaving to Uganda for the three-nation tournament. We will play Uganda on 17th, Mali on 19th and then on the way back we will play Ethiopia.”
Upon returning from the East Africa tour, Micho will unveil his Botswana AFCON squad and Chan teams.
He said that he had seen great talent in Zambia that only needed to be transformed into world beaters.
“I have been a coach for the last 26 years and last few years I have worked in nine countries, been to 50 out of 54. I feel extremely proud to be coaching these boys because they are very coachable, they are fast learners, they are like sponges absorbing everything quickly,” he said.
“They are players that are having a good platform and I would like to give credit to Zambian coaches who have nurtured them.”
“We need to ask ourselves, we know that we are having talented players but the only question is, do we know how to make results and make people happy because this is the only identity you have in football. How do you win or not? We want to do everything to turn that talent into something that will give us results and make our supporters happy.”

Micho said that he is conscious that coaching Zambia comes with heavy expectations for any tournament.
“When you are coaching Zambia, every single match, no matter whether it is a friendly or CHAN or AFCON are very important,” he said.
“We have no right to think about CHAN at the moment, all we have to do is reclaim the pride of the nation by not allowing ourselves to be a punching bag in the group with Botswana, Zimbabwe and Algeria where we have zero points.”
Zambia hosts Botswana on March 26 in Lusaka before heading to Gaborone for the return leg in back-to-back Group H Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The team will be at the Cameroon 2020 CHAN that kicks off on April 4 where they will play Guinea, Tanzania and Namibia.
Micho has been combing the country for local talent and has now trimmed his list to 42 with the exclusion of four players from Zesco, Zanaco (four) and two from Lumwana Radiants that are exempted due to club engagements.

36 Comments

  1. Sydney kalimoya

    Comment well done Coach

  2. Sydney

    Comment l want to find out if the prayers have a training kit such as a Jess all l can see is assaulted kit why.

    • Edison

      Ba Sydney ni players not prayers . Ayo mwalembele mapepo.

  3. Mr Right

    the only thing I like about Micho he as confidence hop he will deliver the best

  4. Sparta

    We are waiting 4 action not jxt mere speeches…all best coach

  5. Chisha's

    Comment well Mr couch, keep it up.

  6. Bruno mars the moonshine jungle master

    We will wait and see your players

  7. Rambo

    Micho is very confident and love that, may God Almighty help him

  8. lawrence musukwa

    people without vision perish. i can he knows what is doing. keep up coach.

  9. potential

    our hope is to see chipolopolo back in their form

  10. Jms

    Results – is – the – key. In Zambia we had master dribbler,deadlock striker for africa kalu,chali,Debby etc and now we have plenty players, its just the matter of management, now due to this coach, let it be so,THANKS.

  11. Soccerfan

    I always see a change in Zambian football if a whiteman cames.

  12. Stephen

    Hope mucho as a vision for chipolopolo we are waiting for the results

  13. Mn

    Even a white man can make mistakes so don’t praise him so much not until he delivers that’s wen u can praise him

  14. Bill

    All the best coacher,you have our support

  15. Fonko Fonko

    True we want results not speeches. Don’t tell us about how talented our boys are, we already know that. Just give us results finito.

  16. jefficious

    we have got young talented pipo here but to my surprise I don’t know why we are always the losing side like that….let’s us put our trust in Micho,for afcon Micho if u want to have a winning team dont throw away the likes of mwepu ,sakala daka,sinkala and kennedy,the later has still a lot to offer for this country

  17. makaliyo

    he is the man and just let him work.more important players from villages are more talented but no chance

  18. Bluetooth Mbewe

    I hope he is going to make us proud again. Go Zambia go

  19. Mbabula

    Well spoked our coach,hoping to qualify for Africa cup of nations this time…

    • Edison

      Mbabula bomfyeni fye icibemba lcisungu kwati cilami shupako. Nachena icibemba tulomfwa.

  20. jmb

    Hope your plan works out, wishing you the best coach

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  21. shanzi

    make a strong team

  22. J K munsa

    Go go Zambia.

  23. Fred

    I know no coach would want to lose and from what you have been saying since you took the job, you sound promising. We putting everything in God’s hands and you have our support.

  24. Binwell Mumba

    Confidence is very important in every aspect especially in a sports like football,goodluck mucho

  25. Herv Rena

    It is expensive to come up with a formidable team and it is good that Faz and govt are supporting ng him.Let us as fans do the same.Travelling with 62 player is not easy.

  26. Aaron bwalya

    Okay we shall wait and see what will be happening

  27. Joseph

    Its not the coach its about Zambian players

  28. Kazimoto

    That’s the spirit

  29. Kelvin simwala.

    We will wait and the see the prayers that’s prilit we need in Zambia of texting the prayers.

    • Ink

      I don’t agree with you Kelvin, I think we need the spirit of testing the players, not prilit of texting the prayers.

    • Edison

      What are you saying? Mule ikala fye.

  30. Chibusu mulangwa...

    Kashi, call them 75tribz Queenz

  31. Lombe

    Well we hope for the best to come from you Mr

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