By Michael Miyoba
I’AM impressed with the work ethics exhibited by the Chipolopolo boys as they stunned Gabon 1-0 in an international friendly fixture, says Zambia national soccer team coach, Sven Vandenbroek.
Orlando Pirates striker Justin Shonga was the hero of the day on Tuesday evening in Libreville as he scored the only goal to hand Vandenbroek his first win as Chipolopolo head coach following his appointment three months ago.
Speaking in a post-match interview in Gabon, Vandenbroek said that the win against Gabon has motivated the Chipolopolo boys as they prepare to host Guinea Bissau in next month’s Group K, Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations AfCON qualifier.
“I wish we had won against Namibia then draw the friendly against Gabon but the victory has given everyone, the players and the technical bench the confidence needed to face Guinea Bissau next month.”
I told the players that I was very satisfied with their work ethics during training and during the games. Their concentration was high and I liked the commitment everyone showed,” Vandenbroek said.
He added that he was not under pressure despite having a lot of talented players his disposal. Vandenbroek, who made ten changes to the team that faced Namibia in the 1-1 stalemate on Saturday said the friendly against Gabon has given him the opportunity to assess all the 26 players who were summoned for camp.
The Chipolopolo boys will today break camp with players expected to return to their clubs.
Zambia plays Guinea Bissau on October 10 while the away encounter for the return leg fixture is slated for October 13.
The Chipolopolo boys are bottom in group K with one point, three points behind group leaders Mozambique and Guinea Bissau who are on four points each.