Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) President Andrew Kamanga insists the Zambia national soccer team is ready for the sixth edition of the CAF African Nations Championship (Chan) tournament.
Zambia’s best finish at the tournament was third place in 2009.
Kamanga says he wants to see Chipolopolo take one step further than their last two-quarter final exits.
“I think the team has been out since 29th of December they came in initially for a four-nation tournament,” said Kamanga.
“I think the team is now ready and they will be able to do well initially go out of the group stages and get to the quarter-final. Last time around in 2018 we came out in the quarter-final, we expect that this time around they will be an improvement and go beyond the quarter-final.
“What is also important is that this tournament is coming at a very critical point that even for the players it’s an opportunity for them to showcase their skills those who will be fortunate may just get their professional careers going because we have got a lot of scouts who are monitoring the players in the tournament and the international transfer window is still open until end of January so those who will do well have an opportunity to go into professional football, but most of all as a executive we have made sure that the team which is participating here is going to be critical because we have got other engagements beyond this tournament as you know in March we are back with the AFCON qualifies,” he said.
Zambia are in Group D alongside Guinea, Namibia and Tanzania.
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By Ofhani Munyai