By MICHAEL MIYOBA
NATIONAL Team coach Sven Vandenbroek says he is worried with the condition of the national Hero’s Stadium which is set to host the crucial 2019 Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea Bissau set for October 10 in Lusaka.
Speaking after naming his 24 man squad set to face Guinea Bissau next week, Vandenbroek said that Hero’s Stadium was not in a good condition to host the crucial AfCON qualifier.
Vandenbroek said that there was need for management at the stadium to prepare the pitch ahead of the crucial match with Guinea Bissau.
“I visited the stadium and it is not in a good condition so at this stage it’s a disadvantage for us and advantage for Guinea Bissau, I believe they will come to defend the three points ahead in a more defensive style that means that we need speed on the ball and the actual state of the pitch doesn’t allow that kind of play.
So I really hope that the maintenance team of Heroes Stadium can do a good job for us to prepare the pitch that will give us more comfort on the ball,” Vandenbroek said.
He said that the team is under-pressure to deliver a positive result when they face Guinea because Zambia needs the maximum six points in the back-to-back fixture to have a better chance of qualifying for the prestigious AfCON championship.
Meanwhile Vandebroek has dropped goal keeper Lawrence Mulenga and Gampani Lungu for having less playing time at their clubs.
The Chipolopolo head coach has also dropped Green Eagles winger Spencer Sautu because of too much competition in the wings which has players such as Bruce Musakanya, Lubambo Musonda and others.
Vandenbroek noted that he expects a tough game against Guinea Bissau, a side with players who feature in the Portuguese league.
“I have no information about Guinea Bissau. The only thing I know is that almost all their players play in Portugal which has a good tactical league so I expect a more tactical game.
Although we don’t have much time to prepare for the game because it will be on Wednesday, that means traveling and recovering for the weekend game and preparing the players mind set.
“There will be no time to do a lot on the pitch because most of them will come on Sunday others on Monday. That means we only have Tuesday to prepare and that will be a day before the game,” Vandenbroek said.