By MICHAEL MIYOBA
THE national team called into camp is capable of qualifying to the CHAN tournament, says acting Caretaker coach, Numba Mumamba.
Speaking in an interview after the team’s first training session in Lusaka yesterday Numba said the team selected was capable of beating Botswana in the CHAN qualifier set for July 26.
Numba who is standing in for caretaker coach Aggrey Chiyangi who is away for club duty with Green Eagles, said Zambia would not underrate Botswana when the two teams meet in the CHAN qualifier.
Numba said Botswana were playing good football and would compete to qualify for the CHAN when they face Zambia in a two legged fixture. The Zanaco FC head coach said the technical bench was focused on improving the team’s fitness levels after coming from recess following the closure of the FAZ transitional league.
“Botswana will be playing at home and they have really improved in the recent past and it is not a team to underrate. We just need to prepare the team so that when we go there we get a win so to reduce on pressure going into the second leg,” Numba said.
“We have insight about Botswana and they also have insight about us, what we just need to do is to prepare adequately so that as we go to play we are able to triumph.
The team that we have can beat Botswana,” he said.
Numba said the team had more time to prepare for Botswana who beat Seychelles to set up a meeting with Zambia in the second round of qualifiers.
Chiyangi has summoned 25 players for a three days training camp ahead of the July 26 second round, first leg African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against Botswana in Francistown.
He has named the bulk of his 2019 Cosafa Cup winning squad for the Botswana preparations.
Zambia will be away to Botswana at the Francistown Sports Complex on July 26 before hosting the Zebras on the weekend of August 2.
Winner of two legs will play either Eswatini or Angola in the final qualifying round for the Cameroon 2020 CHAN.