Zambian national team coach Milutin Sredojevic says his players must guard against complacency when they face Namibia on Wednesday in the final Group D match at the African Nations Championship (CHAN).
In a pre-match media conference in Limbe prior to tomorrow’s encounter that could see Chipolopolo seal a quarterfinal place and possibly top the group, Micho said his charges will not be facing Namibia like an eliminated side.
Namibia are currently bottom of the group without a single point after two matches and have no chance of progressing to the knockout stages.
“We have no right to see in front of us an eliminated team because they are coming with pride and play for themselves,” Sredojevic said.
“We need be fully focused that we are not playing an eliminated team but like we are playing a cup final before the final. Only that mind set without complacency can bring us good result. Anything else is a huge risk and we know that that football is a game that will lead any direction. We have recently seen Liverpool and Burnley.”
“We want to give respect to opponents and if we respect them, we have no right to underestimate them and be complacent and we will take them the more serious way performing to the standard demanded on the field of play,” he said.
Guinea currently top group D courtesy of a superior goal difference but will be facing a Tanzania side that could qualify to the quarterfinals with a victory.
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By Ofhani Munyai