Zambian forward Gamphani Lungu believes Chipolopolo have enough arsenal to turn the tables and qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
The 2012 African champions anchor Group D with just three points and they host defending African champions Algeria, who have already qualified, on Thursday at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka (21:00) and then face bogey neighbours Zimbabwe who need to win against them to book a berth.
The Warriors sit second in the group with five points, a point ahead of Botswana. Lungu, who turns out for SuperSport United, fancies his side’s chances against both Algeria and Zimbabwe.
“Our team has all the quality you can ask for in every department. We just need to keep on working hard and trusting each other. Trust each other, fight for each other, fight for the country; that’s what we need to do so, we are playing two games, that is Algeria, which is our starting point. Let’s not think of Zimbabwe now, let’s just think of Algeria right now, let’s take one game at a time,” said Lungu ahead of the two crucial encounters.
“Honestly for me, I feel like I am going to give my best for the nation. I am going to fight, I’m going to run my lungs out on the field for the country and it’s up to the coaches because the coaches are the ones that get to pick the team. Whoever is picked on that day that’s the best XI for the day; it’s not about who’s better than the
rest, but it’s about who can carry the team on that day,” he added.
Zambia coach will be banking on the Austria-based duo of Enock Mwepu and Patson Daka, who have been in top form for club.
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By Mthokozisi Dube