Zambia national team coach Milutin Sredojevic says the postponement of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers is a setback for his team.
Sredojevic told the FAZ media that his technical bench was hard at work with three international friendly matches lined up before the away clash to Mauritania.
“This decision is a setback for Chipolopolo and FAZ as we have done preparations that were reaching advanced stages of playing three international friendly matches as matter of checking operational levels of our individual players and whole team prior of playing away in Noudibhou Mauritania against Mourabitounes team and later taking on Tunisia in Ndola, but it was not meant to be,” he said.
However, Sredojevic said his team has a back up plan for the revised dates that will be rolled out in due course
“We are having a reserve program with possible international friendly matches that will keep momentum of our team intact making us ready for the challenges ahead of us in September World cup qualifiers.”
CAF has announced that the back-to-back qualifiers that were scheduled to take place in June have been moved to September due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Zambia is in Group B alongside Tunisia, Mauritania, and Equatorial Guinea.
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By Ofhani Munyai